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Press Release -- February 28th, 2011
Source: Xtera
Tags: 100G, 40G, Equipment

Xtera Communications Announces 100G On Nu-Wave Optima™ Platform

DALLAS, TEXAS – Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading global provider of optical and IP networking solutions, today announces the availability of 100G channel cards on its latest platform, Nu-Wave Optima™. Nu-Wave Optima now combines 100G with Xtera’s patented Raman technology to offer an unprecedented level of scalability and performance for terrestrial and submarine networks.

Xtera’s Nu-Wave Optima platform is a unique modular optical transport system that was recently introduced to lower the cost of delivering rich media content over existing or new networks. Nu-Wave Optima uses a common, integrated set of modules for long-haul, regional, and metro applications.

The Nu-Wave Optima platform leverages a toolkit of technologies that can be combined or interchanged to address the unique characteristics of different segments of a network. The toolkit consists of all-Raman, hybrid EDFA/Raman amplifiers, 10G and 40G interfaces using a variety of modulation formats, next generation ROADMs, and line monitoring technologies. By selecting and combining the appropriate technologies and modules, Nu-Wave Optima can be used to customize a solution to more efficiently match the carrier’s priority of lowest start-up cost, flexibility, reach or capacity. Combining 100G optics with Xtera’s patented Raman technology can deliver an industry leading 15 Terabits per second on a single fiber. By using these technologies on a common platform, operators realize immediate operational efficiencies including the reduction of spares and equipment training.

The performance benefit of combining Raman and 100G technologies was recently demonstrated by successfully transporting 8 x 100 Gb/s over an extended unrepeatered span of 440km with a loss in excess of 76dB, in effect doubling the capacity that could be achieved using 10G. In addition, the interleaving of 10G signals with 100G signals on a 50GHz grid was also demonstrated, showing the feasibility of seamless upgrade to 100G on existing systems.

The 100G line cards for all applications of the Nu-Wave Optima platform will be available to the general market in June 2011.

About Xtera Communications
Xtera Communications specializes in network infrastructure that delivers maximum capacity, reach and value. Providing solutions for enterprise and telecom companies, Xtera offers an extensive portfolio of optical and IP networking solutions for submarine, long-haul, regional, metropolitan network applications and IP networking solutions for enterprise applications. With deployments across five continents, Xtera’s optical transport solutions help service providers expand and accelerate their market reach with new deployments and extend the life of existing network assets with cost-effective upgrades. Our IP networking solutions for WAN traffic management deliver efficient, flexible network optimization. Xtera’s innovative technologies offer exceptional quality and performance, driving customer success. For more information, visit

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