20 November 2003 Beijing, China Lightwave -- Lucent Technologies has announced an optical expansion contract worth several million U.S. dollars with Beijing Communication Corp. (BCC), a subsidiary of China Netcom. Per the contract, Lucent will supply its next-generation optical products--including the LambdaUnite Multi-Service Switch (MSS) and the Metropolis ADM MultiService Mux-- to assist BCC in building a highly scalable optical transport network that meets both its current and future bandwidth and service growth needs. The expansion project, to be cutover by the yearend, marks the first win for LambdaUnite MSS in BCC.
Lucent's next-generation multiservice switches and metro multiservice multiplexers will complement the existing SDH network and help BCC expand its network capacity and reduce operating costs while delivering new revenue-generation services such as Gigabit- and 10-Gigabit Ethernet, say Lucent representatives.
"We are proud of Lucent's long-term relationship with BCC since SDH technology was introduced to China in 1994," contends Jason Chi, chairman and president of Lucent Technologies China. "This contract demonstrates our commitment to deliver the most advanced communication solutions to our Chinese service providers and reaffirms our leading position as a key optical equipment provider in China's market," he adds.
Developed by Bell Labs, the LambdaUnite MSS is a next-generation optical transport system and switch that bridges traffic between data-intensive metro networks and high-speed optical core networks--connecting cities, campuses and corporate networks to larger, long haul public networks. Its standards-compliant technology will enable BCC to seamlessly integrate existing backbone and metro optical networks. The single-shelf system was recently optimized for smaller metro applications, supporting in-service upgrades from 160-Gbits/sec to 320-Gbits/sec, as well as to 640-Gbits/sec, allowing the system to grow when network capacity increases. Mesh restoration capabilities were also added to help carriers migrate to new mesh-based networks, while at the same time, leveraging traditional protection architectures.
The Metropolis ADM Multi-Service Multiplexer is an integrated Ethernet-over-SDH metro access multiplexer that enables service providers to migrate from existing TDM networks to data-aware packet networks. The product integrates 2-Mbits/sec access and cross-connect functionality for 10-Gbit/sec applications. Its low power consumption and small footprint also help service providers save on operating expenses, claims the company.