Alcatel-Lucent helps Rostelecom build superfast data connections between Europe and the Middle East

Alcatel-Lucent today announced that it is helping OJSC Rostelecom, the largest Russian telecommunications company, dramatically increase the speed and capacity of its optical backbone network, which moves vast amounts of data from Europe through Russia to the Middle East. The two companies will establish a superfast “100G” connection covering 3,500 kilometers of Russian territory, as part of Rostelecom’s drive to increase capacity on its ‘North-South Transit’ route to support huge volumes of data traffic generated by interactions between communications service providers, businesses and people in these regions

To help achieve this, Alcatel-Lucent will provide Rostelecom with its 100G optical coherent technology, which takes advantage of unique Bell Labs innovations in silicon to support 100G (gigabits) of data per second on each of the 80 wavelengths of an optical fiber. This tremendous boost in network capacity and performance will provide enough bandwidth to support the streaming of more than 15,000 high-definition TV channels simultaneously on each wavelength. As importantly, it will drive down the cost of delivering a “bit” of data dramatically.

Ivan Zima, Executive Director of communication networks planning and development of Rostelecom, said: “To grow our business in line with the market demand for communications services, we need to cost-efficiently increase the capacity and throughput of our key backbone routes. Proactive investments in the development of our optical transport network will improve its performance and flexibility and enable us to address the rapid growth in demand for high speed data transmission.”

Alexander Tikhonov, Head of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in CIS, said: “Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G technology perfectly fits Rostelecom’s goal to increase its backbone network capacity while minimizing cost per bit of transmitted data.”

At the heart of the solution Alcatel-Lucent is providing to Rostelecom is the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), an family of products that supports multiple applications, including 100G, and that offers exceptional capacity and performance for the transport of very large amounts of data over long distances. The 1830 PSS brings together optical transport network (OTN) and wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology onto a single platform, which simplifies operations and cuts costs. With the 1830 PSS, Rostelecom will be able to support a mixture of 10G, 40G and 100G channels on the same fiber pair, which means it can reuse its existing optical infrastructure and then upgrade and expand capacity on the network as needed to meet growing service demand.