Alcatel-Lucent launches 400G IP router interface

18 February 2015 |


France’s Alcatel-Lucent is to launch a 1-port 400G IP interface for IP networks, in a bid to help operators with large networks to quadruple the speed of their connections.

The interface is designed to enable data transmission between existing Alcatel-Lucent IP routers at speeds of up to 400Gbps, as well as significantly boost capacity between data centres and networks.

The technology uses existing IP routing assets, removing the need for costly and time consuming network upgrades.

“Networks need to evolve to ever higher capacity and port speeds, but changes can be costly,” said Steve Vogelsang, CTO for IP routing and transport at Alcatel-Lucent.

“The transition from 10G to 100G was very disruptive for many network operators, but today we can say we are the first router vendor to enable the transition from 100G to 400G link speeds, leveraging our FP3 technology so that there is no disruption to operators in terms of having to retrofit or forklift their installed hardware base.”

Operators are now expected to be able to push the limits of their IP networks even further, as demands for internet and cloud data continue to increase.

“Network operators are looking for efficient ways to handle the video- and cloud-fuelled traffic growth in their networks,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst, carrier networks, IHS-Infonetics Research.

“Alcatel-Lucent’s new 400G 1-port DWDM line card helps by eliminating the complexity of 100GE link aggregation and WDM transport with a 400G direct router-to-router link. This industry 1st 400G IP networking line card is based on Alcatel-Lucent’s 400G FP3 silicon, which has been in the field since 2011, and provides new router-to-router scaling for data centre and data network interconnect applications.”

Last month, Alcatel-Lucent trialled 400G data transmission over a distance of 400km in Spain in partnership with Vodafone