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September 27, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent Powers T-Mobile Czech Republic's 100G Fiber-Optic Network
By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor

T-Mobile (News - Alert) Czech Republic and Alcatel-Lucent, a telecom infrastructure and solutions provider, announced that select portions of T-Mobile's fiber-optic backbone network in the Czech Republic can support transmission speeds of 100G (gigabits per second).

The operator is gearing up to provide individual services connecting data centers and international transit traffic at such a historical speed. 100G technologies are vital for addressing the needs of enterprise customers.

T-Mobile will be tapping corporate clients for the new infrastructure. The new network will serve as the backbone for T-Mobile’s 3G network, supporting T-Mobile’s broadband vision of providing “The Fastest Network” to its customers.

“Development of fiber-optic communications has always been one of T-Mobile's priorities. Our fiber-optic backbone network now covers communication between more than 60 of the largest cities and towns in the Czech Republic,” said Frank Meywerk, technology director at T-Mobile Czech Republic, in a statement.

T-Mobile’s network is supported by dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical technology provided by Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert).

The Alcatel-Lucent 1626 Light Manager enhanced with 100G coherent technology through the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) is a step towards a fully optical network, bringing improved network performance and reducing the costs of network operation, company officials said.

“New types of cloud services and particularly high-definition video are leading to a 35 percent year-on-year increase of transmitted data volumes,” said David Grundel, managing director of Alcatel-Lucent Czech. “This trend is forcing us to continuously develop technological innovations, one of which is undoubtedly the 100G.”

“Thanks to deployment T-Mobile Czech Republic is now prepared to respond to the new trends and is able to transmit traffic at speeds of nearly 10 Tbps (terabits per second), which, to give you an idea, represents 300 standard DVD movies per second,” Grundel added.

Recently, Alcatel-Lucent announced that Gartner has placed Alcatel-Lucent in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (News - Alert).

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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