SK Broadband launches 100G network

South Korea’s SK Broadband has launched a 100Gbps fibre-optic network in Seoul and GyungGi province to meet demand for consumer and business broadband services.

Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G coherent Photonic Service Switch (PSS) technology was selected for the network, which will allow SK to support 10G, 40G and 100G channels on the same fibre.

The deployment was carried out to meet rapidly changing patterns in data traffic and customer demand, and offers the capability to support transmission capacity up to 8.8 terabits in the future, according to Alcatel.

“SK Broadband is a top player in one of the world’s most competitive markets for communications services, serving a population that has very high expectations in terms of service quality. Our 100G technology, proven in the global market, will dramatically expand the capacity of SK Broadband’s network, helping ensure an excellent quality of experience for their subscribers. As importantly, we are providing SK Broadband with a flexible platform that they can use to expand their capacity to 400G down the road, with only a minimal investment,” said Rajeev Singh-Molares, president for Asia-Pacific at Alcatel-Lucent.

The vendor claims that its solution will enable SK to check and reduce power consumption dramatically, and will address fast growing subscriber demand for IPTV, HD video, high-speed internet access, VoIP and advanced business services.

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