Feedback from equipment manufacturers and network operators indicates that the market for large port-count photonic cross-connect
subsystems will not materialize for two years or more.
Alcatel's CrossLight photonic cross-connect will allow operators and service providers to achieve fast time-to-market for high-capacity and high-quality services.
Christian Reinaudo, president of Alcatel's Optics Group, said, "Alcatel has launched the CrossLight photonic cross-connect to meet its customers' ever-increasing capacity needs and take a worldwide leading position in this promising market.
Unveiled recently, the Alcatel CrossLight photonic cross-connect routes light through its all-optical switching matrix, eliminating the optical-electrical conversion typical in existing electrical solutions.
As the volume of data and voice traffic continues to climb across the world, photonic cross-connect systems will be key to the efficient and successful operation of communications networks," said Dana Cooperson, director of Optical Networking, RHK, Inc.
The CrossLight photonic cross-connect is part of Alcatel's Optinex family of solutions, which includes dense wavelength division multiplexing, multi-service node, optical gateway, photonic cross-connect and optical terabit router technologies.
P2R transponders can be used in existing and future Metro and Long-Haul DWDM systems, OADM, ROADM, Photonic Cross-Connects
, CATV transport systems, and secure defense networks, where cost reduction, noise cancellation, wavelength flexibility, and bit-rate transparency are sought.
This is only one application for the LOA, which is currently being characterized by OEMs for use in receiver pre-amplifiers, in-line amplifiers, and unity-gain modules, as well as transmitter-boost applications, in equipment ranging from transponders to reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (OADMs) to photonic cross-connects
to next-generation, 40 Gbps receivers.