May 17, 2004 Beijing-- Lucent Technologies today announced a multi-million dollar contract with Jiangsu Telecom, a provincial subsidiary of China Telecom, to provide optical networking equipment that will be used to expand Jiangsu Telecom's optical transmission network in Jiangsu province.
Lucent will supply the LambdaUnite Multi-Service Switch (MSS) and Navis Optical Management System (OMS), as well as technical support provided by Lucent Worldwide Services. The solution will be used to build a next-generation intelligent optical transmission platform to support voice and data traffic in Jiangsu province. The intelligent control plane on the LambdaUnite MSS will allow Jiangsu Telecom to quickly turn up its network as new network elements are added, and it also gives Jiangsu the ability to offer differentiated end-customer services with different levels of protection able to be provisioned flexibly for each service.
"We need to upgrade our existing provincial optical transmission network to meet the increasing demands for multiple high-speed data services and we selected Lucent for its track records in technological leadership and in delivering cost-effective solutions and services," said Jiuming Sun, general manager, Jiangsu Telecom.
"As carriers move to multiservice networks, they are looking for more robust network architectures, like mesh architectures, that will allow them to send and receive traffic," said Ken Wirth, president, Optical Networking Group, Lucent Technologies." The intelligent control plane on LambdaUnite MSS allows for fast mesh restoration. This is important because it allows service providers to quickly turn up their networks, and gives them a flexible and efficient protection mechanism in the event of an emergency."
Developed by Bell Labs, the LambdaUnite MSS is a next-generation optical transport system and switch that bridges traffic between data-intensive metro networks and high speed optical core networks, connecting cities, campuses and corporate networks to larger, long-haul public networks. It enables service providers to seamlessly upgrade their networks and allows them to deliver new value-added services such as Gigabit Ethernet. The compact size and low energy requirements of LambdaUnite MSS also means operators can make significant cost savings compared to traditional systems.
This flexible single-shelf system was recently optimized for smaller metro applications, supporting in-service upgrades from 160 to 320 Gbits/sec, as well as to 640 Gbits/sec, allowing the system to grow when network capacity increases. Mesh restoration capabilities were also added to help carriers migrate to new mesh-based networks, while at the same time, leveraging traditional restoration architectures.
With Lucent's Navis OMS, Jiangsu Telecom can perform single-user, automated provisioning, routing and proactive service assurance of optical networks and services allowing rapid turn-up of customer services. By using the advanced fault correlation capabilities, the software allows Jiangsu Telecom to quickly identify and restore customer services. The Navis OMS is part of Lucent's award-winning software portfolio of open, standards-based network, service and IT management systems deployed worldwide for multi-vendor and converged wireline, mobile and enterprise networks.