SK Broadband quadruples capacity with LG-Nortel's 40G offering

NOVEMBER 13, 2008 -- LG-Nortel says its 40G optical technology provides an easy, cost-optimized method for quadrupling the capacity of SK Broadband's existing 10G network without installing additional cable. Instead, the operator simply swaps its existing fiber-optic interface cards with new cards.

Nov 13th, 2008

NOVEMBER 13, 2008 -- South Korea's second-largest broadband provider, SK Broadband, today announced that it has boosted its network capacity with 40G optical equipment from LG-Nortel (search for LG-Nortel) to help it meet rapidly increasing demand for high-bandwidth services like IPTV and HD videoconferencing. LG-Nortel is a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel (search for Nortel).

SK Broadband, which operates an extensive fiber-optic network across South Korea, needed a way to increase network capacity for delivering new services rapidly and cost-effectively. LG-Nortel says its 40G optical technology provides an easy, cost-optimized method for quadrupling the capacity of SK Broadband's existing 10G network without installing additional cable. Instead, the operator simply swaps its existing fiber-optic interface cards with new cards.

The upgrade boosts SK Broadband's maximum capacity fourfold without affecting the stability and configuration of its existing network. Thanks to LG-Nortel's 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine technology, SK Broadband also has a simple upgrade path for boosting capacity a further 2.5 times in the future. According to LG-Nortel representatives, this ensures ample capacity as Koreans embrace Hyperconnectivity , the new era of communications in which everything that can be connected to the network, is connected.

"High-definition video consumes 10 times the bandwidth of normal video, and carriers are scrambling to deliver it to customers cost-effectively," explains Keun Lee, senior vice president of Carrier Networks, LG-Nortel. "LG-Nortel's 40G technology not only quadrupled SK Broadband's capacity but it did so without requiring it to modify its existing network. One of the key drivers behind the current take up of 40G technology is the economics," he adds. "Delivering capacity using 40G is more cost-effective than delivering the same capacity using multiple 10G solutions. The savings can be up to 40 percent when SK Broadband takes into account both OPEX and CAPEX savings."

"Hyperconnectivity has become the driving force in Korean telecommunications, requiring carriers to provide blistering speeds and full-service networks," Lee continues. "Our innovative Dual Polarization QPSK technology offers the world's most cost-effective Internet backbone upgrade, allowing SK broadband to boost its speeds without having to change its network at all. This is a boon for carriers utilizing third-party terrestrial and submarine services, who now have a clear upgrade path to 100G connectivity even if they don't own the fiber-optic cables themselves," he notes.

SK Broadband now has 3.52 Tbits/sec of bandwidth (88 x 40G wavelengths) using Nortel's 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine , a plug-and-play offering that is deployable over any fiber-optic network, offering non-regenerated reach greater than 2000 km and providing a clear upgrade path to future 100G speeds. This capacity provides headroom for carriers racing to meet the exploding demands of Hyperconnectivity and multimedia services like multi-channel IPTV and high-definition videoconferencing.


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