AlcaLu Lands 100G Gig in Asia

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is claiming a 100G optical "first" for the Asia/Pacific region with the announcement of an equipment contract from Malaysian operator Maxis Communications Bhd. on Tuesday. (See Maxis Deploys AlcaLu 100G.)

Maxis, which has 14.1 million customers, will be the first operator in Asia/Pac to commercially deploy single-carrier coherent 100Gbit/s technology in its optical backbone, AlcaLu claims. (See Analyst: AlcaLu's 100G Game-Changer and Huawei's 100G Is Out the Door.)

The operator says the need for such a ramp in backbone capacity comes from the increasing data usage on smartphones, tablets and fiber-to-the-premises services in the country.

Why this matters
This is an important deployment for AlcaLu strategically because it is on the home turf of its Asian rival Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , which just shipped its own single-carrier 100Gbit/s product in June this year.

Single-carrier technology gives both vendors an apparent edge against Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN), which is deploying Nortel Networks Ltd. 's dual-carrier coherent technology for 100Gbit/s.

For more
For more on 100Gbit/s and on AlcaLu in Malaysia, check out these articles:

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

sam masud 12/5/2012 | 4:56:38 PM
re: AlcaLu Lands 100G Gig in Asia

If this is the first deployment of 100G in APAC, where else is 100G deployed? Appreciate the information...

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:56:37 PM
re: AlcaLu Lands 100G Gig in Asia


there are several 100G deployments installed.  Not huge numbers (yet), but several.

However, in many many cases, when advanced technology is deployed, there are no press releases.  In fact, many supply agreements prohibit press releases as the information in them would give a competitor a better view of what the other carrier is doing and who they are doing it with.

For instance, in the early days of SONET, it was widely rumored that Southwestern Bell (SBC) was the laggard in deploying SONET and that other carriers were 1-2-3 years ahead of SBC.  The truth was that SBC was actually ahead of almost all other north american carriers in SONET deployment.  SBC was 1-2 years ahead of the pack and it gave them a competitive advantage.

So often there are not press releases deliniating high end deployments until long into the deployment process.

look to next year for first significant VOLUME deployments of 100G.  and really big ramps in 2013.  But 100G is already happening and carrying live traffic in several networks.


neyo 12/5/2012 | 4:55:51 PM
re: AlcaLu Lands 100G Gig in Asia

I think LigRead failed to mention the full message, that it's the " first 100G single carrier with optical coherent technology system commercially deployed in Asia-Pacific" Now that is hard to dispute since the only other 100G vendor is using dual carrier.

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