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Alcatel launches Metro Span

Alcatel today announced enhancements to its metro optical portfolio that the company says will help service provide...


September 27, 2004  


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Alcatel today announced enhancements to its metro optical portfolio that the company says will help service providers simplify network planning, accelerate wavelength provisioning and ease overall maintenance activities across metro and regional optical transport networks.

The 1696 Metro Span offers service providers a platform to scale current metro-regional infrastructures and improve their flexibility, paving the way for new revenue opportunities driven by broadband services such as Triple Play, Storage Area Network (SAN) extension, enterprise Ethernet connectivity and third-generation (3G) mobile services.

The Alcatel 1696 Metro Span uses Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) technology, which allows service providers to remotely provision and reconfigure wavelengths while adding “any-wavelength-to-anywhere” flexibility to their network infrastructure.

This ability significantly streamlines their operational expenditures by reducing the number of truck rolls required to upgrade and maintain metro and regional transport networks, Alcatel says.

It also features Wavelength Tracker, an integrated capability that monitors and traces each wavelength at any point in the network.