Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the submarine cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), has introduced the 1620 SOFTNODE submarine line termination equipment (SLTE) platform. The system is designed to flexibly support transmission of 240 Tbps on multiple fiber pairs in a footprint smaller than current SLTE.
Each transmission line card in the system supports a variety of optical transmission rates -- 100, 200, 300 and 400 Gbps, Alcatel-Lucent says. Meanwhile, the platform is as much as 10X smaller than competing SLTE and offers power reduction of a factor of 2 or three, the company asserts.
Other features and benefits Alcatel-Lucent cites include:
- Support of transmission distances up to 14,000 km for multi-point of presence (multi-PoP) to multi-PoP network requirements via multi-degree nodes.
- Stepless tuning of optical transmission for both wet and dry plant via 48 software-configurable submarine modulation formats.
- A gridless architecture that enables tuning of any wavelength to 33 GHz with no fixed granularity.
- Engineered to support future application of 400 Gigabit Ethernet and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies.
- Transport of any Optical Transport Network (OTN) and GMPLS connection.
- Optimization of terrestrial backhaul networks by the reduction of the required number of fiber pairs to extend trans-oceanic capacity to inland PoPs and data centers.
Alcatel-Lucent says that GoTo Networks has chosen the 1620 SOFTNODE platform for the Australia West Express system, which will link Australia, the Middle East, and Africa. The system also completed a field trial over the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) system that demonstrated transmission of 12.6 Tbps per fiber pair.
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