Colt Telecom has emerged as the first European customer for Nortel Networks' new giant capacity Optera 1600G optical networking platform.
Launched last week, Optera 1600G boasts a maximum capacity of 1.6 terabits per second using bandwidth boosting dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) technology.
Colt plans to roll the technology on its entire pan European network by the end of next year. Nortel claims the technology can cut the cost of running DWDM networks by between 40 per cent and 50 per cent.
For the end user, Nortel says the high capacity technology will make the Internet and other data networks more reliable for the delivery of high quality multimedia.
Optera 1600G massively increases the capacity of fiber by splitting a single beam of light on the fiber into 160 different coloured lights - each carrying data at 10Gbps.
In the US, Optera 1600G is being trialed by long distance carrier MCI Worldcom, the companies announced last week.
London based Colt claimed its network will be one of the most modern in the world.
"Using the most up to date technologies we are building an IP based network meeting customer needs for high quality IP, data and Internet services across Europe," said chief operating officer Peter Manning.
Colt currently connects 13 European cities including London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. It plans to extend this to 24 to 26 cities by the end of 2000.
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