New tech from Ottawa labs

Nortel is launching new optical technology, developed at its Ottawa research labs, which will quadruple network capacity today and allow it to grow by tenfold tomorrow, according to the company. The telecom giant says it is introducing its new 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine, which is being hailed as the first optical technology that can deliver network speeds of both 40 gigabits and 100 gigabits per second – a significant increase over the current top speed of 10 gigabits per second. The new technology also allows network providers to use plug-and-play components to accommodate the higher speeds, instead of having to install new cables. “With Nortel’s new 40G/100G optical technology, carriers can now increase network bandwidth simply and economically,” states Phillippe Morin, president of Nortel’s metro ethernet networks division. “Our 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine technology not only increases network capacity to accommodate the looming bandwidth demands, but is the only one that leverages the carriers’ existing network investment to provide the most cost-effective optical solution.”

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