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Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story

Ciena's FlexSelect platform just got more flexible.

Today the vendor introduced a new 40-Gbit/s shelf designed to allow carriers to cost-effectively transition existing networks to 40-Gigabit Ethernet. (See Ciena Unveils 40G Shelf.)

The FlexSelect 40G Shelf provides flexibility to upgrade a mix of long-haul, ultra-long-haul, regional, and metro networks, due to its compatibility with Ciena's CoreStream and CN 4200 platforms. The FlexSelect 40G Shelf also provides carriers with the ability to provide a mix of 10-Gbit/s and 40-Gbit/s services over a single strand of fiber, all over existing 10-Gbit/s networks.

"Customers want to add 40-Gig to their existing 10-Gig fiber plant," says Ciena's director of marketing Vinay Rathore. "The all-optical design of the system allows us to mix and match 10 Gig, 40 Gig, and 100 Gig all on the same platform."

"The whole idea is to make the network modular so you can mix and match," Rathore says. "This adds 40 Gig so you can grow the network incrementally."

In addition to staged growth, network operators will be able to "cram-pack as much capacity as possible onto a single fiber," Rathore says. This includes multiplexing multiple 10-Gbit/s wavelengths, which is nothing new, but also the ability to mix and match 10-Gbit/s and 40-Gbit/s signals on a single fiber.

Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin says that for him "mixing 10G and 40G on a single fiber" is the most interesting aspect of the new product, and one that will give carriers flexibility in upgrading their networks.

Perrin says Ciena "is betting that carriers will need a mix of 10G and 40G for some time," and that's a realistic view of the world, in his opinion. "40G is not really taking the world by storm," says Perrin. "The overall trend is much less of a hero experiment, and much more about flexibility."

Despite slow uptake for 40 Gbit/s, analysts agree there was no reason for Ciena to wait until the market swung toward 40 Gig. Even though "40G is coming to market slowly," IDC analyst Eve Griliches says "everyone needs a 40G story."

— Ryan Lawler, Reporter, Light Reading

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rzerockzeron 12/5/2012 | 3:07:08 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story So Ciena came up with a press release announcing 10G, 40G and 100G on the same fiber. How is this newsworthy? Last time I checked transponders running at 10G, 40G or 100G could run on the same fiber plant, provided they adhere to the same optical specs. How is this different than running 2.5G and 10G on the same fiber plant? DWDM 101.

News would have been if Ciena had announced novel ways to transport 40G and 100G at the same 10G performance.

RZ.
Physical_Layer 12/5/2012 | 3:07:07 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story Does anyone know if Ciena or the other folks out there are doing anything to combat PMD at this high speed of transmission? Marconi? Alcatel? Nortel?

I also wonder how the heck Ciena plans to fit 100G into a 50 GHz channel spacing "down the road".
numinary 12/5/2012 | 3:07:06 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story "How is this newsworthy? Last time I checked transponders running at 10G, 40G or 100G could run on the same fiber plant, provided they adhere to the same optical specs. How is this different than running 2.5G and 10G on the same fiber plant? DWDM 101."

By announcing that they intend to achieve 40G & 100G DWDM channels over the same fiber plant, Ciena is indicating that they will likely use the same channel spacing. This was not significant in the past, but some 40G modulation schemes are not conducive to 50GHz spacing -- for 100G the channel spacing becomes a _significant_ challenge.

To make a sweeping generality (there are exceptions to this), the modulation schemes which are better suited to fit within the 50GHz channel and maintain high filtering tolerance have poorer performance with regards to dispersion. The impairment that most carriers are concerned with for 40Gbit/s DWDM is PMD (polarisation mode dispersion). So it's likely that Ciena is pursuing a post processing to compensate for PMD rather than go after an "interesting" modulation scheme.

I agree that if LR had put in some details on the technology that Ciena is using to acheive this it would be a great story. As it is -- just a bunch of speculative marketeering which requires the reader to guess at the detail.
AutoDog 12/5/2012 | 3:07:05 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story Once again, I think some investigative reporting is in order here:

- How do they mix 40G and 10G on the 50GHz spacing?
- How do they address PMD @ 40G

Either Ciena has been covertly funding an internal 40G skunk-works develop team or they've partnered with a 40G expert.

Is there anyone out there that is winning and deploying real 40G DWDM systems?

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kavehzpor 12/5/2012 | 3:07:03 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story "Either Ciena has been covertly funding an internal 40G skunk-works develop team or they've partnered with a 40G expert."

Well, Ciena has worked with StrataLight in the past:

http://www.lightreading.com/do...
melao 12/5/2012 | 3:07:03 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story PMD, OSNR, Chromatic Dispersion. I wonder if it actually works for long distances.
optiplayer 12/5/2012 | 3:07:02 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story Does anyone know if Ciena developed this themselves or are they using a shelf and cards from Mintera?
rzerockzeron 12/5/2012 | 3:07:02 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story Ryan,

thanks for the update, much appreciated.

However, I still cannot believe that marketing folks still spit out statements like it's 1999 all over again. They should give me a buzz when stocks hit $100 once more, I'll then take a serious look (roll eyes)

RZ.
Ryan Lawler 12/5/2012 | 3:07:02 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story The 40G shelf uses differential phase-shift keying (DPSK) to allow 40G waves to appear like 10G, and uses adaptive dispersion compensation to combat PMD. According to Rathore, all of Ciena's products have been 40G-ready since 2005.

As for how it fits two bit rates on the same fiber - Rathore talked up a patented filtration design across Ciena's products that allows them to create different spacings for different wavelengths on the same strand of fiber.
Ryan Lawler 12/5/2012 | 3:07:02 PM
re: Ciena Flexes Its 40-Gig Story The 40G shelf uses differential phase-shift keying (DPSK) to allow 40G waves to appear like 10G, and uses adaptive dispersion compensation to combat PMD. According to Rathore, all of Ciena's products have been 40G-ready since 2005.

As for how it fits two bit rates on the same fiber - Rathore talked up a patented filtration design across Ciena's products that allows them to create different spacings for different wavelengths on the same strand of fiber.
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