Lucent Bell Labs is developing an optical networking standard that can take advantage of the emerging 100Gbps Ethernet standard.
News of Bell Labs’ work was unveiled at this week’s European Conference on Optical Communication. Up until now, only 40Gbps Ethernet solutions had been thought commercially possible.
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The 100Gbps Ethernet platform is the first to support 100 gigabits per second over optical fibre, and would give operators more than enough networking speed to serve current services.
BT recently launched a 1Gbps metro Ethernet service for enterprise users in the London area, and is looking to extend the service to other parts of the country in coming months.