Usually, of course, only the carrier concerned gets to see what's on offer. But last year Light Reading staged an exercise in which four vendors responded to a simplified RFI (Request for Information) for part of a hypothetical pan-European backbone dubbed Euro 1. Their proposals were presented at our Lightspeed Europe conference in December.
Stuart Barnes, entrepreneur in residence at Atlas Venture and a former guru of transmission technology at Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA), put together the original RFI and chaired the conference session. Afterwards, he provided an analysis of the vendors' proposals, which is presented in this report.
First off, Light Reading would like to thank Stuart Barnes for all the work he put into this project and thank the vendors for being good sports and participating in this exercise. The individuals involved were:
- Ian Clarke, Senior Systems Engineering Manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Ciena Corp. (Nasdaq: CIEN)
- Peter Ball, VP, Network Solutions, Fujitsu Networks Europe Ltd. (also on behalf of Tellium Inc. (Nasdaq: TELM))
- Simon Wolting, Senior Network Architect, Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU)
- Serge Melle, VP EMEA, Market Development, Optical Internet, Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT)
- The Challenge
The overall goal plus details of the RFI Ciena Proposal
Nortel Proposal Analysis - Transmission Features & Analysis - Network Elements
Comparison of transmission solutions and network elements;
The safe play – 10 Gbit/s and electrical switching;
The futuristic solution – 40 Gbit/s and all-optical switching