Alcatel-Lucent Prepares Operators for Agile Optical Networking by Launching Scalable Wavelength Routing Technology

Verizon to deploy on U.S. ultra-longhaul optical network for improved flexibility and agility of service delivery, scale and efficiency

PARIS - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has announced the introduction of an innovation breakthrough in optical routing technology that will provide operators with flexibility and agility in the deployment of new optical transport networks.

Alcatel-Lucent is offering the communications industry a scalable wavelength routing technology that will help remove many of the limitations currently facing operators as they seek to manage both capacity demands and the need for speed and efficiency.

In particular, the technology - which will be deployed by Verizon in North America on its ultra-longhaul optical network - will allow service providers to quickly adjust wavelength connections, automate tasks on a wide scale, and identify and route around faults in fiber infrastructure - all vital capabilities necessary to deploy scalable agile optical networks.

By providing agility at the photonic layer, Alcatel-Lucent's wavelength routing technology will enable static optical networks to be transformed into automated, flexible and highly efficient infrastructures, while enabling operators to reduce capital expenditure and energy costs in comparison to electrically switched-only alternatives.

Key Facts:

    --  The Alcatel-Lucent wavelength routing solution reduces network total

        cost of ownership:

        --  Reduction in capital expenditure when compared to electrically

            switched-only alternatives

        --  Fewer equipment spares required

        --  Less power when compared to electrically switched-only alternatives

        --  Significant reduction in operational costs with no need for on-site

            visits to adjust wavelength connectivity

        --  Extends network lifespan and increases network use by minimizing

            wavelength contention

        --  Future-proofed wavelengths can be scaled (e.g., grow from 100G to

            200G and beyond) without changing equipment required to route


    --  The solution delivers improved zero-touch automation with increased

        operational efficiency and network scale.

    --  The Alcatel-Lucent wavelength routing capabilities are deployed on the

        1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), which Verizon chose for its

        ultra-longhaul, core optical network. Verizon selected Alcatel-Lucent's

        1830 PSS converged WDM/OTN/Packet based-platform as part of its

        transition to an optical converged infrastructure to address traffic

        growth and enable faster and less expensive deployment of new services.

    --  The wavelength routing solution consists of specialized CDC-F hardware

        and Wave Routing Engine (WRE) software. The WRE software provides

        end-to-end wavelength routing, deployment, and management capabilities.

        This includes unique in-band per wavelength OAM capabilities to allow

        for efficient monitoring of wavelength connectivity and support the

        rapid diagnosis and troubleshooting of potential wavelength connectivity

        issues, a key requirement for deploying wavelength routing in optical

        networks at scale.

    --  CDC-F (Colorless Directionless Contentionless-FlexGrid) is the

        technology behind wavelength routing. Although the optical networking

        industry has been talking about the benefits of CDC-F technology for

        several years, this is the first solution to be deployed at scale.


Lee Hicks, Vice President, Global Network Planning, Verizon, said: "We look forward to working with Alcatel-Lucent to introduce their wavelength routing solution into our ultra longhaul network to drive scalability, flexibility and reliability."

Brian Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent, said: "Operators need unlimited network dynamism and scale. A programmable IP/optical fabric is essential. Our wavelength routing technology is a foundational ingredient in providing the unparalleled flexibility with massive automation and increased efficiency that are needed in the optical layer. This solution provides unconstrained wavelength networking and can be deployed at scale."

Additional Resources

    --  Blog: "CDC-F optical networks propel us forward" -


    --  Heavy Reading analyst Sterling Perrin's Guest Blog: "The ROADM

        renaissance begins" -

    --  Sam Bucci Blog: "A bright future for Optical" -

    --  Podcast: "Move forward with CDC-F optical networks" -

    --  App note: "Bringing wavelength agility and efficiency to

        software-defined networks" -

    --  Wavelength Routing website:

    --  Agile Optical Networking website:

    --  1830 Photonic Service Switch website:

    --  Photo and caption: "The Alcatel-Lucent wavelength routing solution is

        built into the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) and consists of the

        Wavelength Routing Engine software, CDC-F capable wavelength routing

        cards and modules, and a full range of 1830 PSS chassis options." -

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

Alcatel-Lucent is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network.

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