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U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank, selected Lucent Technologies (www.lucent.com) for an optical network that will connect U.S. Bank operations in five cities spanning the east and west coasts of the U.S. Under the three-year agreement, U.S. Bancorp will deploy Lucent’s Metropolis DMX portfolio of metro optical networking products and VitalSuite Integrated Network Controller software to create a carrier-grade backbone network. The project marks the first deployment of Lucent’s resilient packet ring (RPR) card; the company will also supply engineering, network integration, testing, and program management services.

Limelight Networks (www.limelightnetworks.com) selected MRV Communications’ (www.mrv.com) LambdaDriver DWDM transport system fitted with 10-Gbit/sec transponders for its 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber-optic ring network, connecting data centers in San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland.

Metropolitan area network provider Open Access (www.openaccessinc.com) deployed ADC’s (www.adc.com) LoopStar 1600 and 810 SONET transmission and access systems to provide TDM services to mobile carrier customers in the Long Island and New York City areas.

Firecomms (www.firecomms.com), a developer of photonics communications devices supporting the use of plastic optical fiber in FTTH applications, closed a €9.6 million investment round led by new investors ACT Venture Capital of Dublin and Alps Electric North America, along with existing investor Atlantic Bridge Ventures.

GlobalConnect (www.globalconnect.dk), a telecom infrastructure provider based in Denmark, named Ciena (www.ciena.com) as its preferred supplier of 10-Gigabit Ethernet DWDM and SDH transport and switching equipment. The provider deployed Ciena’s CN 4200 FlexSelect advanced services platform for 10-Gbit/sec DWDM metro and regional transport, as well as the company’s CN 3600 intelligent optical multiservice switch for SDH and future Layer 2 Ethernet applications.

KPN (www.kpn.com) selected Lucent Technologies (www.lucent.com) to supply network equipment, software, and services in a deployment of Ethernet-based services to KPN’s enterprise customers in The Netherlands. The equipment was supplied by World Wide Packets (www.wwp.com) under a recently established global reseller agreement with Lucent for business and residential FTTP customer premises equipment.

Fujitsu (www.fujitsu.com) and Mitsui (www.mitsui.co.jp) jointly established an optical device venture, QD Laser Inc. (QDL), which will leverage venture capital funding from both companies in support of Fujitsu’s quantum dot laser technology. Quantum dot lasers involve semiconductor particles measuring a single nanometer and are superior to conventional semiconductor lasers in areas such as temperature-independent operation, low power consumption, long-distance transmission, and high speed, according to Fujitsu. The companies anticipate that quantum dot lasers will become a core technology to realize high-performance light sources for optical telecommunications.

KT Corp. (www.kt.co.kr), the former Korea Telecom, launched its intelligent WDM (I-WDM) network, based on Meriton Networks (www.meriton.com) Agile Optical Networking architecture. The network employs the Meriton 7200 optical switching platform and 8600 network management system to automate rapid provisioning of optical services.

Olympus (www.olympus.co.jp) and Movaz Networks (www.movaz.com) created a joint venture company, named Olympus Microsystems America Inc. (www.olympusmicrosystems.com), to globally provide microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based technologies and products to optical equipment suppliers. The first jointly developed product, a MEMS-based wavelength-selective switch for reconfigurable optical add/drop modules (ROADMs), was deployed last August within Movaz’s RAY ROADM.

PSI-TEC Corp. (www.psiteccorp.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of PSI-TEC Holdings Inc., says it has successfully tested a nanotechnology-engineered organic material with a molecular electro-optic coefficient approximately twice that of the industry’s highest-performance organic electro-optical materials. Electro-optic materials convert high-speed electronic signals into light. Besides the obvious applications to communications networks, high-activity electro-optic materials could also be used in extremely high-speed computational systems, optical interconnects, and all-optical transistors. The PSI-TEC molecular structure is called Perkinamine-NR. Individual Perkinamine-NR molecules also exhibited an approximate 15% reduction in physical length over competitive materials, the company claims. PSI-TEC expects the material will lead to “at least two entirely new generations of highly active electro-optic plastics.”


The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF-www.oiforum.com) and Network Processing Forum (NPF-www.npforum.org) announced their intent to merge. The merged group will retain the OIF name as well as its management structure. Two new working groups in benchmarking and software will be added to continue the NPF’s work. Also, the NPF’s Hardware Group will merge with the OIF’s Physical Link Layer (PLL) Group.
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