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London to Manchester Route in Vanguard for Delivering Tomorrow’s 100G Networks

LONDON - Neos Networks, the telecoms business of Scottish and Southern Energy plc, has tested a 100G DWDM optical solution from Nortel* [TSX: NT, OTC: NRTLQ] on its existing optical backbone. Neos tested the solution in a live network trial on a North/South route between Manchester and London (via Cambridge) in the UK over a fibre distance of 705km without signal regeneration.

The Neos 100G technology trial was conducted over the existing Neos national network with live traffic and without any reengineering of the existing network. The 100G trial follows earlier deployment of 40G over the network that supports the popular flexible Liquid Bandwidth service and managed wavelength services of 1GbE, 10GbE and 40GbE. The innovative Liquid Bandwidth service allows Neos customers to choose exactly how much bandwidth they need and only pay for that amount. Customers can also upgrade or downgrade their bandwidth within 48 hours of a request.

“Testing a 100G solution live on our network has helped provide us with performance data that will put us at the forefront in the development of next generation of high-bandwidth carrier services for our customers ever increasing bandwidth needs,” said Adrian Pike, Group MD, Neos Networks. “Put simply, we’re accelerating our network planning to ensure we can future proof our customer’s bandwidth requirement. We have grown our fibre network substantially over the past two years but have been careful to acquire and deploy quality fibre assets which will prove vital as we continue to push the bandwidth envelope to 100G and beyond.”

With this unique 100G technology, Neos and other operators can dramatically increase capacity, improve network utilization and enable delivery of new higher bandwidth applications cost-effectively. Neos recognizes the key requirements of wholesale and enterprise services - supporting applications such as data centre connectivity, cloud computing, data storage, streaming multimedia - rests upon ubiquitous bandwidth.

“Neos is testing the very future of networking with its 100G live trial,” said Philippe Morin, president, Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel. “They are cost-effectively unlocking capacity from existing network investments to meet additional demand, create service innovations and future-proof their customer’s networks. This live test in the UK is another step towards broader adoption of 100G, and I firmly believe that 100G technology and innovators like Neos will be instrumental in bridging the digital divide in countries across Europe.”

The Neos trial helps prove that 100G technology works simply and effectively on Neos’ existing 10G/40G backbone network. Built on Nortel’s 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine , the Nortel 100G solution automatically corrects for signal degradations due to fibre impairments and is designed to operate with comparable performance to today’s 10G network while increasing capacity ten-fold.

The Neos adaptive optical backbone is a next generation network across England, built with Nortel Common Photonic Layer and Optical Multi-service Edge 6500 platforms, all managed by Nortel Optical Manager. The 50GHz channel spaced highly scalable optical layer includes 5 ROADMs (Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers) that provide routing flexibility points and optical bypass to avoid traffic regeneration cost.


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