Swedish-based packet optical specialist Transmode unveiled its plans for 100G today. They're focusing not just on long haul but also regional and metro applications. The economics of true 100G technology are still evolving, which means there is still time for new entrants to get their solution in place. Especially in the metro, which is further away both in terms of demand and economic viability.
Transmode's solution will feature coherent detection, standard PM-QPSK opticcs, and a single 100Gbps wavelength giving up to 10 times the capacity of a 10G system. That of course will depend on the quality of the fiber, amongst other things. They will be offering a standard solution for distances up to 750km, and a parallel solution for 1500km.
On the metro and regional side, Transmode hopes its small physical footprint and flexibility in handling various combinations of 100G, 40G, and 10G wavelenths on the same fiber set it apart. Customer trials start in January of 2012, with network deployments anticipated by the middle of the year.
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