South Korea is one of the world’s most connected societies with high expectations in terms of service quality on its communications networks. Now SK Broadband, one of the country’s largest broadband service providers, says it has deployed 100G optical coherent technology from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to meet increasing demand – and expectations – from both residential and business customers.
SK Broadband is looking to Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced optical technology to enable them to manage fast-growing data traffic loads cost-effectively while providing the quality and reliability that South Korea’s demanding consumers and business users expect. The additional network capacity will help the operator to address fast-growing subscriber demand for IPTV, high-definition video, high-speed Internet access, voice over IP, and advanced business services in Seoul and the neighboring GyungGi province.
Alcatel-Lucent says the advanced fiber-optic network technology will not only address SK Broadband’s technical performance requirements, it also will help the company keep costs in check and reduce power consumption dramatically. The technology will also give SK Broadband the ability to adapt the network quickly to meet rapidly changing patterns in data traffic and customer demand, and will be able to support very-high-capacity data transmission of up to 8.8 Tbps in the future.
Alcatel-Lucent is supplying SK Broadband with its 100G optical coherent technology as part of the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), which employs the company’s recently introduced Photonic Service Engine (PSE), 400G chip (see "Alcatel-Lucent makes 400-Gbps play"). With the 1830 PSS, SK Broadband can support a mixture of 10G, 40G and 100G channels on the same fiber pair, making it possible to reuse its existing optical infrastructure and expand capacity as needed to meet growing demand.
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