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Successful trial of 100 Gbps, 200 Gbps and 400 Gbps data transmissions over an optical network

alcatel-lucentTelefónica España and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) have today announced an industry breakthrough in addressing the ever-escalating demand for broadband traffic on data networks by successfully completing a field trial of flexible optical networking.
The solution, which employs “agile optical networking” technology, more than doubles an operator’s fiber capacity without having to invest in additional optical fiber infrastructure. The trial, made using Telefónica live network in Spain, successfully demonstrated the capacity of Telefónica España existing network to operate at different combinations of line rate, reach, and spectrum width to provide the best balance between network performance and resource usage.

With the advances proven in the trial, Telefónica España will be able to meet the ever growing capacity demand of its customers. It will also use the new network flexibility to increase overall network resilience in working around outages or failures by diverting capacity to where it is needed in the network. GMPLS-based control plane intelligence will allow new ways for protecting highly meshed traffic dynamically so that subscribers can have their expectations met even when there are one or more failures in the network.

Key Facts:

  • The Alcatel-Lucent/Telefónica España trial is a technology breakthrough: the first live network link running at 100 Gbps, 200 Gbps and 400 Gbps speeds using agile optical networks.
  • Telefónica España is testing innovative technology to augment network capacity and resilience based on dynamic allocation of resources in the network putting the capacity where it is most needed at a particular time.
  • Trial successfully demonstrated flexible optical networking with adaptive 100 Gbps/200 Gbps/400 Gbps transmission on a live network through the live optical channel successfully adapting to different speeds, distances and spectrum.
  • This technology enables maximizing fiber performance: each channel is assigned just the piece of spectrum required for the performance needed in each case, and adjusts the parameters to have optimum speed/distance balance.
  • The trial has demonstrated the capacity of Telefónica España network to scale up by a factor of 2.66 to 23 Terabits per second (Tbps) in a single fibre pair.


Manuel Fernández Daza, Director Access, Aggregation and Transport Networks Technology and Planning at Telefónica España said: “The future integration of 400 Gbps in our core network will enable us answering with optimum quality our clients’ ever growing demand for more bandwidth. Solutions that make the best use of our existing infrastructure, like the photonic mesh technology demonstrated in this trial, are how we will maintain our lead in the marketplace.”

Roque Lozano, President Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Global Account Manager for Telefónica said: “The success of this trial is a prime example of how Alcatel-Lucent works closely with our customers to bring new solutions to the marketplace in order to meet ever changing demands. Telefónica trusted us to perform what we said we would do on their network, and we did. We have a long standing track record in delivering 100Gbps coherent solutions to service providers around the world and we’ve made significant strides in developing and bringing to market a solid 400 Gbps offering.”

Technical details of trial:

  • To perform the trial, the photonic mesh of Telefónica España at Catalonia was equipped with Alcatel-Lucent’s new 400G adaptive-modulation transponder and flexible grid ROADM integrated in the 1830 Photonic Service Switch.
  • The field trial was carried out over an operational 1830 PSS mesh network carrying 40Gbps channels with live traffic. New 100 Gbps, 200 Gbps, and 400 Gbps light paths were established using PDM-QPSK and PDM-16QAM formats: 100Gbps and 200Gbps channels were provisioned with either 50GHz or 37.5GHz spacing, while 400Gbps channels were tested using either  100GHz or 75GHz spacing.
  • The maximum tested distance was around 650 km, on the longest available path in the network. Commercially available flexible grid ROADMs were used to create 37.5GHz and 75GHz channels.
  • All channel configurations were generated using the new 400Gbps module based on the Alcatel-Lucent 400Gbps Photonic Service Engine chip, featuring real-time coherent detection and soft-decision FEC. The switch among different operating modes only involved software commands.

Alcatel-Lucent & Software-defined networking

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is to introduce new technologies to meet demand for so-called ‘software-defined networks’, the growing enterprise market trend being fueled by an increasingly mobile workforce and network management challenges brought on by the ‘growing virtualization within data centers.
Software-defined networking gives enterprises the ability to program networks and control the traffic flow, inspection and modification of applications on them. By building greater programmability, application awareness and end-to-end visibility into its Application Fluent Network, Alcatel-Lucent is delivering an external linkenterprise-scale Software Defined Network (SDN) that moves beyond offering basic awareness of the applications running on it, to a network that can make automatic real-time adjustments.

Alcatel-Lucent’s application fluent approach to SDN extends to the entire enterprise network, going beyond basic network configuration to create a better user experience. This approach gives mid-sized and large enterprises highly automated and simple to use solutions that are scalable and compatible with existing networks.

Mark Fabbi. Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner said: “The focus for early SDN related use cases has been primarily on automation to remove the need for the human middleware required for network reconfiguration related to adds, moves and changes of virtual machine deployments.  However, greater benefits will appear as new SDN applications focused on end-user experience and operational improvements deliver on the promise of the application fluent corporate network.”

CandIT Media, an industry-leading digital media solutions company based in Belgium, is the first vendor to validate Alcatel-Lucent’s application fluent approach to enterprise scale SDN. CandIT Media provides proprietary digital media production solutions that meet massive data storage and real-time file transfer requirements. By using Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniSwitch 6900, it has created a “content aware” digital network that dynamically supports the large traffic peaks specific to media flows. In addition to providing a higher quality user experience, CandIT Media can deliver solutions to its customers at lower costs since the network is more efficient in transporting large files.

Luc Andries, CTO, CandIT Media, said: “The high volumes of media traffic we deal with have a bursty nature that makes Ethernet switches suboptimal for their transport. By using off the shelf hardware and Alcatel-Lucent’s OminSwitch 6900, we were able to achieve and significantly improve Quality of Service by optimally tuning the transfer of media content which also resulted in a much higher utilization of physical components.”

Alcatel-Lucent SDN strategy for enterprises extended by VMware certification

Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniVista 2500 Virtual Machine Manager is now classified as VMware Ready™, which is an important element in providing increased programmability for delivering on SDN. Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniVista 2500 Virtual Machine Manager provides real-time and historical visibility of the enterprise data center network and the location of virtual components, such as virtual machines, within the network. This visibility of both the network and virtual applications coupled with the ability to provision and manage resources, enables the network to automatically make adjustments in response to changes in virtualized workloads within and between data centers.

The Alcatel-Lucent Application Fluent Network and its enterprise SDN enhancements

Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Fluent Network technology automatically adjusts and optimizes an entire corporate IT infrastructure to ensure it can seamlessly support real-time applications running on a local area network, data centers and across the wide area network. This automation is essential to businesses of any size to meet the challenges of delivering virtualized, mission-critical applications securely to employees over a high performance network – no matter where workers are accessing these applications.

Built on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch platform, the Application Fluent Network external linkdetects virtualized applications and applies a profile-driven policy to enable a network to automatically adjust to virtualized traffic, such as virtual desktops, in order to meet service quality demands. The solution can combine individual user policies, the type of device and applications being used, with the knowledge of the entire network to dynamically adjust network access priority and bandwidth allocation, ensuring required service levels are met.

Alcatel-Lucent will enhance further the Application Fluent Network during the first half of 2013 via:

  • Increased programmability through a set of RESTful interfaces that enable applications, external controllers and orchestration platforms such as OpenStack and CloudStack to talk with  Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniSwitch for greater orchestration and optimization of  application delivery.
  • Greater network recognition of applications through application profiling, and new application performance analysis of virtual machine connectivity to understand and react to network conditions on applications in real-time.
  • Enhanced global control view through the addition of Plug-N-Play capabilities that allow each device in the network to be identified and brought into service automatically for improved decision making at the network node level.

To learn more about Alcatel-Lucent’s vision for enterprise SDN, access the company web pages via this link external link

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Alcatel-Lucent OpenPlug Studio Toolkit License Now Free

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced two initiatives to fuel the growth of applications that work across platforms and devices.

Effective immediately, OpenPlug Studio (formerly OpenPlug ELIPS Studio) will now be available to application developers free of charge. OpenPlug Studio is a development toolkit that allows developers to efficiently create native applications for smart phones, tablets and other web-connected devices from a single code base using well-known web development technologies such as JavaScript, ActionScript and XML. Developers can download OpenPlug Studio at

The company also launched a Certified OpenPlug Solutions Provider Program focused on application development and developer training. Initial members include Exuvis, Nexworld and On3. They will teach developers how to use the OpenPlug tools, while also building mobile applications for businesses that run on any platform or device and leverage service providers

ALU Banned: Alcatel-Lucent Admitted also Paying Bribes for Contracts in Malaysia

Telekom Malaysia and mobile operator Axiata have barred Alcatel-Lucent from bidding for new tenders for a year after it admitted paying bribes for contracts.

Malaysian authorities in December began to probe accusations by US officials that Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent gave kickbacks to government officials in Latin America and Asia — including Malaysia — between December 2001 and June 2006.

The investigation came days after Alcatel-Lucent agreed to pay $137 million in fines and penalties to settle the charges as part of an agreement with US authorities. Transparency International Malaysia welcomed the the decisions but described the 12-month punishment as “mild” by international standards.

Alcatel-Lucent agreed in December to pay the huge fine to settle the charges following a deal with the US Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It had told the two US authorities that it made improper payments to obtain contracts with Celcom, a unit of Axiata. Axiata was previously known as TM International, a unit of Telekom Malaysia.

The Justice Department said Alcatel had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prior to its 2006 merger with US-based Lucent Technologies.