Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) rolled out its core optical transport solution in Italy for Interoute, the UK-based pan-European operator. Extending the reach of Interoute's existing infrastructure, Alcatel-Lucent commissioned two new submarine links. One connected the islands of Sardinia and Sicily to the Italian peninsula, a distance of around 377 km, and the other connected Sardinia to Lazio, a distance of more than 250 km. Alcatel-Lucent and Interoute also rolled out a terrestrial link between the cities of Cagliari and Olbia in Sardinia.
The new terrestrial and submarine links enables Interoute to deliver business and support the expansion of residential broadband services such as high-speed Internet access to a wider range of users with increased efficiency and reliability. The project also enhances the regional optical connectivity and enable faster service provisioning. Interoute owns and operates a network spanning more than 54,000 km of lit fiber and serving over 12,000 customers.
"Italy is a key crossroad between the Mediterranean Sea and the African continent with fast growing requirements for increased capacity," stated Matthew Finnie, Chief Technology Officer of Interoute. "The features of the Alcatel-Lucent solution address all of our sub-sea requirements today, while providing the scalability that allow us to cost-effectively grow our network according to evolving end-user demands."
"Data traffic is re-shaping the transport requirements of operators like Interoute who need to increase the flexibility and performance of their core networks," said Olivier Picard, President Europe and South at Alcatel-Lucent. "Operating up to 60Gbit/s and offering industry-leading transmission spans, our solution is designed to maximize the efficiency of long-haul transport to the benefit of both operators and end-users."
The solution is based on the multi-reach Alcatel-Lucent 1626 Light Manager (LM), which is a versatile DWDM platform addressing regional to pan-continental terrestrial and unrepeatered submarine applications. The product utilizes Raman technology that improves transmission performances (reach and bandwidth) over distances. This technology is also used to connect the two islands to the peninsula without using submarine repeaters and is deployed in the terrestrial link to compensate for the high loss of some long spans. As a result, Interoute benefits from simpler network design and dramatically reduced transport costs.
The existing Alcatel-Lucent 1350 management suite manages the new solution, which adds to the equipment already installed, comprising the Alcatel-Lucent 1678 Metro Core Connect, data-aware Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems and WDM solutions including the 1696 Metrospan.