4 September 2003 Warsaw, Poland Lightwave -- Lucent Technologies has been selected by Telekomunikacja Polska (TP) for the expansion of its national long-haul DWDM optical backbone network. Per the agreement, Lucent will deliver additional optical equipment to increase capacity in TP's optical network to support new 10-Gbit/sec-based IP services.
Lucent will expand the existing national backbone based on WaveStar OLS 400/800G, part of the WaveStar 1.6T solution. In October 2001, Lucent completed the construction of TP's national optical backbone--at the time one of the most modern optical networks in Europe, linking 19 Polish cities with a record capacity of 400-Gbits/sec--and is the sole supplier of DWDM equipment for TP's long-haul optical backbone network. The extended agreement will allow TP to add more 2.5-Gbit/sec and 10-Gbit/sec channels and significantly increase overall network capacity to support its broadband access offering for business and residential customers.
"Lucent's industry-leading DWDM solutions have dramatically increased our network capacity allowing us to provide high-quality, high-bandwidth services to our customers," asserts Tadeusz Gruca, director of Telekomunikacja Polska's Network Department. "We believe this extension will help us to maintain our position as the leading data service provider in Poland, while allowing us to make optimal use of our existing infrastructure."
Developed by Bell Labs, the WaveStar OLS 1.6T system is an ultra-high-capacity DWDM system that offers up to 160 10-Gbit/sec wavelengths for a total capacity of 1.6 Tbits/sec on one fiber. It is based on an open architecture that enables it to operate in multi-vendor environments and helps carriers deliver high-bandwidth services to their customers while maximizing fiber performance and improving the return on the existing network investment, claim company representatives.