Lucent is to supply NET, one of Europe's newest international service providers, with DWDM technology that will allow European telcos to transport data and voice along the EuroTunnel route between Paris and London. This is the first implementation of dense wave division multiplexing technology to link the two countries across the English Channel. "With this high-bandwidth network connecting Paris and London, NET will be able to lease individual wavelengths to any operator wishing to carry voice and data between the two European capitals, while carrying all traffic on a common fibre," said Michel Rouilleault, vice president of Lucent. "Lucent's DWDM technology provides very high-capacity, very efficient interconnection that will fuel the link between these two strategic communication points. It should spur operators into providing joint voice and data services which they have been slow to offer." What DWDM offers DWDM allows service providers to transmit different wavelengths, or colours, of light on the same fibre strand. The initial link uses two physical routes along highways, railways and through the English Channel tunnels. The network, due to be completed by the end of the year, will be equipped to handle data at speeds up to 2.5Gbps per second over 16 wavelengths, for a total of up to 40Gbps per second on each fibre - the equivalent of more than half a million simultaneous phone calls. Under the agreement, Lucent will deliver its WaveStar OLS 80G optical networking system that lets carriers combine and transport 16 channels, or wavelengths, of information end-to-end over a single fibre.
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