Deutsche Telekom and BT Netherlands plan to offer Ethernet-over-optical services to corporate customers in Germany and the Netherlands, according to Lucent Technologies, which is providing telecommunication equipment to be used for the service.
The two services will allow companies located throughout Germany and the Netherlands to directly connect their Ethernet-based LANs to the optical backbone of either Deutsche Telekom or BT Netherlands without requiring WAN routers, Lucent said. The services will allow for scalable transmission rates up to 100Mbps.
The Deutsche Telekom service is expected to be available from the middle of this year. No time frame was given for the launch of BT Netherlands' service.
Both services are based on Lucent's Metropolis AM optical multiplexers, each of which can provide four Ethernet connections for customer networks, Lucent said. The Metropolis AM can also be upgraded to provide 1G bps Ethernet services, it said.
The deals with Deutsche Telekom and BT Netherlands, which is part of BT Group PLC's BT Ignite ISP service, were announced the CeBIT exhibition in Hanover. They are two of nine deals with European service providers worth a total of around €200m (£137m) announced by Lucent.