Regina, Saskatchewan SK/Paris -- Alcatel-Lucent(Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and SaskTel, the full service communicationsprovider in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, have announced thesuccessful trial of fiber-optic data transmission that could enable thedelivery of data at speeds of up to 400G (gigabytes-per second) over a networkoriginally built for 10G traffic.
The trial took place on a live network between Regina, the provincialcapital of Saskatchewan, and Saskatoon more than 250km away. The trial couldlead to the deployment of the Alcatel-Lucent technology, allowing SaskTel tostay ahead of increasing demand for broadband access by offering an immediateupgrade to 100G transmission today, moving to 400G in the future as and whenneeded.
Key Facts :
* Trial conducted over a live SaskTel 10G network between Regina andSaskatoon in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada.
* Alcatel-Lucent's optical solution trialed is based on its 1830Photonic Service Switch platform, and has the ability to be deployedsimultaneously with existing multiple 10G, 40 and 100G networklinks.
* 400G technology helps address demand that is being driven by growingcustomer reliance on multi-media, particularly video and high-speed broadbandsuch as SaskTel's "Infi-net" fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).
* SaskTel was among the first service providers globally to deploy high-speedbroadband access with Fiber-to-the-Home service and announced a seven-yearproject in 2011 aimed at delivering FTTH to the company'ssubscribers.
* 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE) electro-optics chip used in trial iscapable of carrying up to 400 Gb/s of traffic. The 400G PSE accelerates networkspeeds fourfold to deliver the highest possible performance perwavelength.
Ron Styles, CEO of SaskTel,said: "This trial demonstrates thecommitment SaskTel has to being a leader in broadband and providing the bestand fastest communications network to our numerous stakeholders includingconsumers, government and our region's diverse private industries. Because itutilizes our existing network, Alcatel-Lucent' scalable solution willefficiently allow us to meet customer needs today and for those in the futureas well."
Alex Giosa, President of Alcatel-Lucent Canada, said : "Our 1830 PSSsolution has been enabling customers to effectively transform their networks toaddress increasing demands for high speed broadband for several years. The combination of the 1830 PSS enhanced with the new 400G PSE which we havetrialled at SaskTel will allow us to continue to provide the kind oftransformative solutions our service provider customers require to meet theircustomers ever growing needs for faster and faster connectivity."