Alcatel-Lucent debuts new “ultra broadband” technologies

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Alcatel-Lucent appears set to be acquired by Nokia after getting over the final hurdle it needed of winning the approval of China’s Ministry of Commerce. It’s not hard to see why Nokia is so bullish about gaining the company’s talent and technology, with the amount of innovations being pumped-out of Alcatel’s labs…

Today, Alcatel-Lucent has debuted new industry-leading innovations in fiber and copper technologies that will enable operators to meet current and future demand for ultra-broadband access services whilst addressing performance and capacity requirements critical to delivering on the promise of 5G. 

Alcatel showcased three new technologies during this year’s Broadband World Forum – this included a new solution, the first commercial Vplus products, and expansion of their TWDM-PON (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Networks) portfolio. 

Federico Guillen, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Access business line said: “Today’s world is going wireless, but wireless is going fixed. As customer demand for ultra-broadband access continues to increase, operators need a wide range of technology options to effectively meet evolving demands spanning residential, business and mobile backhaul services.” is one of the most exciting innovations of recent times due to its ability to deliver gigabit speeds over copper infrastructure which is widely-available in many regions. This isn’t just cost-effective, but also speeds-up the rollout with the proper equipment available.

Innovations demonstrated by Alcatel-Lucent will help operators to meet current and future ultra-broadband access demands

Alcatel has demonstrated new multi-port micronode and advanced vectoring 2.0 technologies which should enable operators to accelerate deployment. The technology can easily be installed in an outside plant location in close proximity to a home (typically less than 300m) or in fiber-to-the-building scenarios where multiple subscribers are served from the same location. 

Vplus is another new innovation which is used to fill the gap between and VDSL2 Vectoring technologies. Alcatel-Lucent, with this launch, has become the first vendor to bring commercial Vplus products to market. The DSL technology was designed to be added to existing VDSL2 vectoring networks without impacting performance, and will allow operators to deliver aggregate speeds of 200Mbps and more over traditional copper telephone lines at distances up to 500 meters, and 300Mbps on loops shorter than 250m. 

Marcus Grausam, CTO of A1, said: “We were the first to trial and launch using vectoring technology and are one of the first to connect live customers using Vplus as part of committed effort to more effectively serve our subscribers needs.” 

Finally, Alcatel-Lucent has expanded their TDM-PON portfolio to include a new optical network unit for home deployment and enhancements to its Fiber-to-the-home platform which adds switching and uplink capacity, critical for large-scale multiple-gigabit deployments. Alcatel will also introduce new features to its Network Management System to simplify management and provisioning of GPON and TWDM technologies over the same fiber network. 

The new innovations demonstrated by Alcatel-Lucent will help operators to meet current and future ultra-broadband access demands, as well as addressing performance and capacity requirements when it comes to delivering 5G. 

Current trials of each technology include; the world’s first commercial deployment of TWDM-PON by EPB in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the first commercial application of with Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, the introduction of Vplus technologies with launch customer A1 in Austria, and the world’s largest trial of technology,with BT in the UK. 

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