Lucent Technologies has developed a 'revolutionary' optical fibre that it claims can provide 50 per cent more bandwidth than conventional fibre.
The AllWave Fiber's extra capacity is achieved by eliminating water molecules that had previously made some regions in the fibre spectrum unusable.
Lucent is planning to combine the new fibre with a multi-application optical networking system called WaveStar All-Metro OLS. This is a multi-terabit Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) system that will support the wider spectrum available through AllWave.
The fibre, which was designed specifically for metropolitan area networks, will be targeted at internet, cable television and data-on-demand services.
Lucent claims AllWave would provide local telephone operators with more cost-effective 10Gbps data streams over longer distances. AllMetro DWDM systems are expected to ship during Q3 1999.