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Lucent’s Bell Labs demonstrates first transmission of 100 Gb/s Ethernet-over optical

In two papers presented to the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Scotland today...


September 29, 2005  


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In two papers presented to the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Scotland today, Bell Labs, the R&D division of Lucent Technologies Inc., announced the first reported transmissions of 100 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) Ethernet over optical.

“This work is a major first,” said Martin Zirngibl, director of Bell Labs. “We have broken through the ceiling in transmission rates and described two techniques that could help implement 100G Ethernet over optical systems.

“With more and more enterprises moving to 10Gb/s transmission, carriers are looking to implement 100Gb/s Ethernet in the Metro Area Network (MAN) as a way to efficiently multiplex and transmit high amounts of data in its native Ethernet format.”

The Bell Labs research team was able to deliver a 107 Gb/s optical data stream, which represents 100 Gb/s of data transmission plus a standard 7% overhead for error correction.