AT&T completes 100-Gigabit Ethernet field trial with Cisco gear

AT&T completes 100-Gigabit Ethernet field trial with Cisco gear

Summary: AT&T announced on Thursday that it successfully completed a live network environment field trial of 100-Gigabit backbone network technology.

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AT&T announced on Thursday that it successfully completed a live network environment field trial of 100-Gigabit backbone network technology.

The trial is the latest step in AT&T's march toward next-gen network tech to support increasing data traffic as a result of growing Internet adoption and use.

AT&T conducted the standards-ready, single-flow, 100-Gigabit field test with Cisco's new CRS-3 Carrier Routing System. The carrier used Opnext 100 Gigabit CFP client side modules and Ixia's “K2” 100 Gigabit traffic generator and analyzer.

The trial also demonstrated a single-carrier 100-Gigabit transmission with real-time coherent processing on a 900-kilometer deployed ultra long-haul transport link between Louisiana and Florida using Opnext optical equipment.

In 2008, AT&T completed what it says was the world's largest deployment of 40-Gigabit network technology, the current standard. The company has since completed two lab trials of 100-Gigabit technology.

AT&T expects 100-Gigabit tech to be ready for commercial deployment "over the next few years."

Topics: Networking, Cisco, AT&T

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  • What to call it

    The Jesus Cable? Fail, I know, but 100Gbps is too awesome to be wrapped
    up in a techie acronym.
    Gritztastic
    • Call it the "You won't see it in the home if AT&T is in charge" tech. [nt]

      [nt]
      olePigeon
  • How long will it take to roll out?

    Considering how long it's taking them to roll out 3G -
    how long is it gonna take AT&T to roll out a technology
    like this?
    CobraA1
  • Google Chome OS is the FUTURE

    Well, the future is INSTANT ON machine that does
    not require 10gig of memory like Windows7

    OpenSource Linux distro's will pave the way...
    Use_More_OIL_NOW