Telecomms equipment giant Lucent said it has developed a technology that enables carriers to monitor their optical data networks without extra equipment.
Called Wave Wrapper, the technology is aimed at dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment which enables operators to increase fibre capacity by separating the wavelengths of light in a fibre optic cable and using each as a separate broadband channel.
Wave Wrapper places a small digital ?wrapper? around each input wavelength as it enters Lucent?s Wave Star DWDM equipment. These wrappers carry information such as restoration signals, the type of traffic the wavelength is carrying and where it is headed.
Traditionally, users have to rely on synchronous optical networking (Sonet) or synchronous digital hierachy (SDH) signals to monitor and analyse DWDM traffic.
Gerry Butters, president of Lucent?s optical networking group, said: "Some of our competitors? visions are limited to thinking of the optical layer as nothing more than big fat pipes, but we know better. We are bringing intelligence to the optical layer of the network so carriers can benefit from optical networking."
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