Address operators’ need to deliver more bandwidth while keeping costs in check
Mobile, fixed, IP and optics technologies firm Alcatel-Lucent and UK’s home entertainment and communications company BSkyB (Sky) have successfully deployed 100G high-speed optical transmission network, helping Sky meet the ever-increasing demand for higher-quality and cost-efficient broadband and video services.
For the deployment, Alcatel-Lucent has provided Sky with its 100G next generation optical coherent technology, which supports data speeds of 100 gigabits-per-second on each of the 88 wavelengths of an optical fibre.
Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G offering is designed to address operators’ need to deliver more and more bandwidth while keeping costs in check.
Sky has put the 100G services into operation in its fibre-optic backbone network, which is supported by dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical technology.
Alcatel-Lucent’s 1626 Light Manager is enhanced with 100G next-generation coherent technology through the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) to bring improved network performance and reduced costs of network operation.
The Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS is a central element of Alcatel-Lucent’s Converged Backbone Transformation (CBT) solution, a key domain of the Alcatel-Lucent High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture, which is designed to cut transport costs and dramatically reduce operational complexity in core networks.
Sky Network Services director Mohamed Hammady said millions of customers use Sky’s broadband network to enjoy video and other high bandwidth services.
"With the introduction of Alcatel-Lucent’s leading edge technology, we only enhance our ability to define the Sky broadband experience through our high capacity core network,"said Hammady.
Alcatel-Lucent UK & Ireland CEO Lucy Dimes said high-definition video and other broadband services are driving up the volume of data being transported on networks. The introduction of 100G with Sky offers a clear example of the benefits to this approach.
"It also reinforces our leadership in 100G – 15 months since our launch of this technology we are still the only vendor capable of delivering this kind of speed and capacity on existing networks."