Lucent backbone heads for China

Lucent Technologies has signed a US$15 million contract with China’s Liaoning Telecom to increase the capacity of the provincial networks of Liaoning Province.

Lucent Technologies has signed a US$15 million contract with China’s Liaoning Telecom to increase the capacity of the provincial networks of China’s Liaoning Province and enable the company to offer new bandwidth-intensive data services to its customers.

Under the terms of the contract, Lucent will deliver its WaveStar OLS 400G – an 80-channel dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) system with a maximum capacity of 400 gigabits per second (Gb/s). That is the equivalent of transmitting 5 million simultaneous phone calls – or 80 million one-page emails – per second.

This is the largest contract that Lucent has signed with Liaoning Telecom, and the equipment is scheduled to be deployed by May 2001.

DWDM technology provides enormous capacity by simultaneously transmitting multiple wavelengths – or colours – of light across a single fiber strand, with each colour carrying a distinct stream of information.

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