nt has joined the 100G demo group with a cool demonstration over 800 kilometers of fiber using a single wavelength. The main difference from the recent Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) demo seems to be that they used a real 100Gbps Ethernet signal generated by a box from Ixia (NASDAQ:XXIA, news, filings) rather than taking ten 10Gbps signals and combining them. You can see the Ixia logo in the Youtube video near the end.
Yes, they put the demo on Youtube - which basically consists of a hardware engineer named Dave pointing at and naming every cool device in his lab at Nortel, then hitting one with a hammer to show that it still works afterward.
He reminds me of someone from college, betchya nobody else is allowed to touch that hammer...
I think we can safely say that 100G is coming, it seems like the technical hurdles have been overcome across the board. The question now is making it economical and building a production device. What's it going to cost?
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