Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and leading Australian network services provider Nextgen, have achieved a significant milestone with the first successful field trial in Australia of 400 Gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) data transmission over an existing optical link carrying live network traffic.

The trial was conducted over a 350 kilometer route between Sydney and Canberra using Nextgen’s newly commissioned high-capacity 100G transport network delivering services up to 100 Gbit/s. The trial was Alcatel-Lucent’s first 400G DWDM demonstration in the Asia-Pacific region.

With Alcatel-Lucent’s 400G technology, the trial demonstrated the ability of an existing optical network link to transmit up to 17.6 Terabit-per-second (Tbit/s) – equivalent to 266 million voice calls or the transmission of 88 Blu-ray discs in a single second. The trial demonstrated transmission rates roughly double those possible over an existing 100G coherent network.

Nextgen is currently undertaking a major upgrade to its Australian high-capacity optical network optimized for services at 100G while it explores technologies to meet significant new service and customer capacity demand anticipated in coming years. The ability to simultaneously support 100G and 400G services over a live network demonstrates how network operators can successfully manage the transitions required to support these future demands.

Key facts:

  • Nextgen’s 400G trial demonstrates the capability to effectively double the transmission capacity of its current high-capacity network, providing a platform for potential new services, such as high-capacity data center connectivity, and more economical service delivery of streaming video, telepresence applications, and gaming.
  • Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch PSS with the 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE)was the technology behind the trial over a 350 kilometer route between Sydney and Canberra.
  • Alcatel-Lucent’s optical solution trial successfully demonstrated Agile Optical Networking with adaptive 100G/200G/400G transmission on a live network through the live optical channel successfully adapting to different speeds, distances and spectrum.
  • Agile Optical Networking is a key element in The Shift Plan, Alcatel-Lucent’s industrial strategy to become a specialist vendor of IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access.


Phil Martell, CTO, Nextgen Group, said: “This successful 400G trial over a live network is another indication of our commitment to stay at the leading edge of optical transmission technology and our confidence in the equipment we have chosen. Nextgen is in the midst of a major network  upgrade to all Australian capital cities with a high speed optical network optimized for services at 100 Gbit/s and higher and providing increased flexibility and manageability. The trial is an important step on the path to offering our customers the differentiated services they want in the fastest and most economical way.”

Sean O’Halloran, Alcatel-Lucent Australia President and Managing Director, said:  “Alcatel-Lucent’s success with Nextgen is the latest in a series of successful 400G trials conducted this year in Europe and North America.  It was our first 400G DWDM demo in the Asia-Pacific region and, unlike those of our competitors, it was carried out over a live network. We’re very proud of our role keeping Nextgen and its customers at the forefront of the network technology developments that will support new service innovation and demand growth.”


Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, enterprises and institutions throughout the world.

Underpinning Alcatel-Lucent in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of Alcatel-Lucent and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent innovations have resulted in the company being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012’s Top 50 “World’s Most Innovative Companies”. Alcatel-Lucent has also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader for Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the company’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2012, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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