Alcatel-Lucent has claimed to have the first 100 Gigabit Ethernet service routing interface for the edge.

The 100 Gigabit service interface is available on A-L’s 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS).

A-L said the ability to provide an interface at the edge of the network is critical because it’s where determinations are made about how individual services, such as high-definition video, need to be handled to ensure an optimal experience for end users. Expanding capacity at the edge, the company said, enables service providers to simultaneously reduce the cost per bit of IP transport substantially, while also enhancing their network to deliver increasingly sophisticated high-value services.

One of the first users is Telus, which provided a quote for A-L: “Telus is committed to innovating and delivering new services for residential, business and mobile customers in all our markets focused in Canada. These new services and the traffic they generate require a combination of speed, scale and high availability,” said Eros Spadotto, Telus’ executive vice president of technology strategy. “Selecting advanced platforms that enable us to evolve our network to support 100 Gigabit Ethernet gives us the assurance that we can continue to introduce the most sophisticated services and meet the needs of our customers, now and far into the future.”

The interface is based on A-L’s FP2 silicon, resident on linecards that can be added to the company’s router and switch. Operators that have deployed Alcatel-Lucent service routers since 2004 can simply add new line cards and immediately multiply capacity up to 100 Gigabits per slot without service interruption, A-L said.

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