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Group to deliver 100Gbit equipment, transport

Posted: 13 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ethernet networks? electronics? ASIC?

A group of technologists from academia and networking companies recently started developing standards-based carrier-class metropolitan Ethernet transport networks that will deliver data at 100Mbit/s.

The group, led by ADVA Optical Networking, has a budget of euros 200 million from private and public sources and is scheduled to complete the work in 2010.

Dubbed as the 100GET, the Gigabit Ethernet Transport initiative targets a 100Gbit/s muxponder prototype for the metro area.

Further plans call for 100Gbit/s demonstrator at Berlin's Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, as well as in the Open Environment for Advanced Carrier Ethernet Technologies field testbed from Deutsche Telekom. Additional field trials are planned.

The project also aims to identify 100G electronics and optoelectronics options, demonstrate the feasibility of 100G ASICs and driver electronics as well as that of optical/electronic and electronic/optical components for 100G transmitters and receivers, and integration techniques for creating 100G transponders.

Government agencies in Finland, France, Germany and Sweden are helping fund 100GET, with the project involving about 30 companies, research organizations and universities. The goal is to develop a cost-effective system and ultimately, driving associated standards through organizations such as the International Telecommunication UnionStandardization, Internet Engineering Task Force and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The project is being coordinated by Celtic, the European R&D consortium. Participants include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, CoreOptics, JDSU and the Technical University of Munich.

The 100GET collaborators will create a testbed open to European suppliers.

"Collaborative research and grid computing in the research-and-education community is creating the first demands for 100Gbit/s, but any projection of metro bandwidth need shows that this unprecedented level of bandwidth is obviously on the horizon across carrier and enterprise networking. The 100GET project is proactively addressing this reality by bringing together thought leaders in the optical-networking community to develop technologies, components and methods that cost-effectively deliver new levels of transmission capacity, security and service quality," said Hans-Joachim Grallert, managing director, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin and professor, Technical University, Berlin.

"We are already seeing questions about 100Gbit/s networking in every request for proposal we receive from large network operators today," said Christoph Glingener, chief technology officer, ADVA. "Our carrier and enterprise customers must not be stranded with legacy wavelength division multiplexing gear, 10Gbit/s systems or reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers that fail to interoperate with new, higher-capacity solutions," he added.

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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