Alcatel-Lucent Introduces 100G at the Edge

July 16th, 2009 by · 2 Comments

Telecommunications equipment giant Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) has taken us one more step into the world of 100G by introducing the industry’s first 100 Gigabit Ethernet service routing interface for the edge.  The new service is enabled by “unique silicon innovations” and delivers the massive bandwidth everyone is expecting from 100G.  The edge is where much of the brains of a network is located, and the introduction of 100G interfaces will help service providers scale better.

The pieces of 100G do seem to be finally coming together, although it will be 2010 before one can say the whole concept is commercially viable.  It was just last month that Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings) introduced the first 100GE interface for its T1600 core routers.  Ciena of course is working to turn up commercial 100G DWDM with NYSE Euronext.  Of course, service providers want 100G right now (if not yesterday) so it can’t come a moment too soon.  But they also want it at reasonable pricing – that remains to be seen of course.

By the time 100G is being deployed in force, they’re going to be clamoring for Terabit Ethernet.   Anybody ready to start working on that yet?  Haha, not in a recession anyway…

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