Nortel has advanced the development of 100 Gigabit Ethernet transport, a technology that is key to delivering the cost-effective bandwidth that service providers and enterprises need, with a demonstration of the capability to run 100GbE traffic over a single 100Gps wavelength to customers visiting the company's Research and Development Centre in Ottawa.
Nortel is combining 100G capacity -- 10 times the capacity of today's 10G networks - with the speed and simplicity of Ethernet. The demonstration featured a 100 GbE prototype developed by Nortel and used the 100 GE Development Accelerator System from Ixia to simulate and monitor traffic on the network.
Ixia and Nortel used a 100GbE client signal that meets the IEEE's proposed 100m physical layer specifications. Nortel was able to transport the signal error-free over a single Optical Transport Unit 4 compliant 100Gbps wavelength that runs at 112Gbps over 800 km of fiber using its 100G Adaptive Optical Engine solution.