Corning, and Alcatel have signed a cross-licensing agreement for photonic components and specialty photonic fibres, in conjunction with a three year supply agreement for dispersion compensation modules (DCM). Both Corning and Alcatel will permit access to each other’s patented photonic component technologies.
Dispersion compensation becomes a critical necessity as operators increase their network reach and capacity, upgrading their systems from today’s 2.5 Gb/s to 10 Gb/s, and beyond. DCMs are vital to achieving longer distances at higher bit rates over a broader wavelength window.
‘Corning’s patented technology will enhance Alcatel’s pre-existing DCM development efforts. Delivery of these modules, namely for use in Alcatel systems, will start by the end of 2001, In return, Corning will have access to Alcatel’s patents for the latest of DWDM optical amplifier technology,’ said Christian Reinaudo, president of Alcatel’s Optics Group.
Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.