Press Release

Paris, France, September 24, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it is the first vendor to deliver a single-carrier 100 gigabit-per-second (100G)/200G DWDM optical line card giving service providers the ability to more than double the bandwidth capacity of their networks.

The card will plug in to Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform to offer service providers a flexible network evolution path and meet ever-growing demands for high-bandwidth services such as streaming HD video and cloud computing. Following a pre-selection process, the 100G/200G single carrier line card has already been deployed into 20 service providers networks.

A Bell Labs study released in December 2013 revealed that demand for real-time video content streamed from the cloud to mobile smart devices will increase by 720 percent between 2012 and 2017. Traffic generated from datacenter connectivity will also increase by 440 percent in the same period. Using the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G/200G- line card family allows service providers to support a mix of traffic while taking advantage of a scalable, agile, flexible and cost-effective solution. The ability to operate in either 100G or 200G mode means they can meet today’s bandwidth demands and seamlessly grow capacity when needed without additional investment.

Ron Kline, Principal Analyst,  Intelligent Networks, Ovum said: “200G provides a very compelling case for operators looking to lower total cost of ownership. The technology provides twice the bandwidth in the same footprint without increasing power requirements, a great option for operators.”

Basil Alwan, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing & Transport business line, said: “We were the first to innovate with a single-carrier 100G solution and we are now the first to offer 200G. This is the most flexible solution on the market – it’s backward compatible allowing existing customers to easily deploy extra speed and capacity in their networks whenever and wherever they need it. This removes the inefficiency of having to predict future demand and purchase extra capacity, when upgrading networks, when it may not be needed or used for some time.”

Technical Details

  • Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G/200G single-carrier optical transport line card family allows operators to transmit data over distances as great as 4,000 km in 100G mode and as far as 1,000 km in 200G mode.
  • The  200G solution initially allows for the doubling of fiber capacity from 8.8 Tbps (88 x 100G) to 17.6 Tbps (88 x 200G). Alcatel-Lucent’s flexible grid feature delivers a total system capacity of 24 Tbps.  The solution is backward compatible with previous generations of Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G DWDM solution.
  • It uses the 200G-ready 1830 PSS and the 400G Photonic Service Engine (400G PSE), thereby laying the foundations for a smooth evolution to 400G capacity and speeds in the future.


We are 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, and to enterprises and institutions throughout the world. Underpinning us 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 the Group and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Our innovations have resulted in our Group 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”. We have also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader in the Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review, for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the Group’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2013, 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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