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 on 100Gbit/s and on AlcaLu in Malaysia, check out these articles:
- AlcaLu Wins 100G Deal in Hong Kong
- 100G Watch: Another DWDM Contender
- 100G Decision Time Looms
- AlcaLu's Malay Malaise
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile