ADVA Optical Networking today announced the successful trial of a direct-detection 100Gbit/s solution in the metro network of a tier-one European carrier. The solution ran error-free under real-life conditions with unfavorable fiber characteristics. The trial demonstrated the potential of non-coherent technologies for low-latency applications in metro and enterprise networks.
“ADVA Optical Networking has a long history of providing innovative and pragmatic solutions that deliver top performance, optimized for specific applications,” said Christoph Glingener, chief technology officer at ADVA Optical Networking. “There is a market for 100G solutions outside the traditional long-haul space,” he continued. “In the metro and data center connectivity domain, users need low latency, a small footprint, low power consumption and aggressive price points. This trial was excellent proof that we can deliver against these requirements.”
The demonstration was part of ADVA Optical Networking’s engagement in the 100GET metro project, partially funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).
The 100G demonstrator was built from a simplified set of optical and electronic components. To reduce power consumption, no digital signal processing at the transmitter or receiver was used. This resulted in a low-latency 100G system that demonstrates ADVA Optical Networking’s commitment to continue exploring possibilities that best fit given network applications.
“At a time when network operators are concerned about the cost of standard 100Gbit/s solutions, ADVA Optical Networking continues its innovative focus with research toward alternative 100G formats that seek to reduce costs over mainstream solutions,” concluded Glingener. “The lessons learned in this trial will benefit our commercial product offerings, which we will launch in 2011, and solidify our leadership position for high-performance, low-latency networks.”
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