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December 20, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent increases France Telecom-Orange’s network capacity linking Paris, London

Offers better performance in existing 10G and 40G networks as well as brand new networks

By CBR Staff Writer

Telecommunications operators France Telecom-Orange has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to considerably increase the capacity of its optical fibre network linking Paris and London and therefore meet increasing demand by its customers in bandwidth.

A field trial of 100 Gigabit per second (100G) connection was put into operation at the end of last November and a second connection is expected t be available by the end of December.

For this field trial, Alcatel-Lucent upgraded France Telecom-Orange’s 720 km Paris-London connection, which was already supporting 10Gb/s channels and Alcatel-Lucent enhanced its existing 1626 Light Manager with 100G next-generation coherent technology through the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).

With the successful trial, Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G optical coherent technology has shown increased traffic handling capacity of optical fibre links that are already in service by a factor of 10 and has reduced operations and maintenance costs as well as it lowers power consumption.

Alcatel-Lucent’s single-carrier 100G coherent technology is designed to address the booming demand for more bandwidth driven by video streaming, web applications and cloud services and it offers unprecedented performance in existing 10G and 40G networks as well as brand new networks.

France Telecom-Orange International and Backbone Networks Factory Senior vice-president Didier Duriez said the deployment of a 100G optical transmission demonstrates France Telecom-Orange’s commitment to improve the performance of our networks on a long-term basis in order to address the exponential bandwidth needs of its customers.

"100G technologies can expand the data capacity of our existing fiber links to the multi-terabit capacity necessary to handle exploding traffic growth over longer distances, with an optimized investment," said

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Alcatel-Lucent Networks Group president Philippe Keryer said the 100G field trial further demonstrates Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership in optical networking, and highlights the company’s ability to enable service providers to quickly and transform their networks to support much higher capacities in a fast and reliably way.

"This project is another clear example of how Alcatel-Lucent is building the networks that are at the heart of tomorrow’s digital economy," said Keryer.

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