APRIL 10, 2008 -- Alcatel-Lucent (search for Alcatel-Lucent) has been selected by France's higher education and research community, the Association RÃ©seau Haut DÃ©bit du Plateau de Saclay,,to deliver a very high-speed network. Connecting leading French engineering and management schools as well as renowned research centers, the turnkey optical network will favor the development of joint research or higher education programs, say Alcatel-Lucent representatives.
The network will build on a 30-km optical infrastructure already deployed by Alcatel-Lucent in 2006. Operating at 10 Gbits/sec and upgradeable to 40 Gbits/sec per fiber pair, the network will support the massive capacity needed to facilitate data exchanges between research centers and higher education institutions. Alcatel-Lucent says the flexible optical transport architecture will enhance the security and redundancy between the connected sites and will make it possible to link additional research centers as needed.
"Alcatel-Lucent has been selected for its unique ability and field-proven technology leadership in designing, building, and operating a very high speed, flexible, and scalable network that enables us to deliver substantial benefits to the higher education and research community," note Roland Seneor (Ecole Polytechnique) and Jacques Dang (HEC Paris), representing the two leading higher education institutions in engineering and management who jointly manage the Association.
Alcatel-Lucent will combine cabling, optical, and IP networking equipment from its portfolio, with specialized service practices. The Alcatel-Lucent 1696 Metrospan, Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR), and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6850 will secure high-speed optical and IP connectivity to cope with the scientific community's demand for new Ethernet-based and grid computing applications.
Alcatel-Lucent says it has field-proven experience in the implementation of Research and Education networks. Projects include GEANT2, the largest Pan-European research network; RENATER in France; a 40-Gbit/sec link between the Universities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe in Germany, using the Alcatel-Lucent 1626 Light Manager; as well as Germany's VIOLA (Vertically Integrated Optical test bed for Large Applications) with the Alcatel-Lucent 1696 Metrospan.