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Bell Labs, NTT Photonics Collaborate

Photonics.com
May 2008
Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs research organization and NTT Photonics Laboratories announced they are collaborating on "investigations in optical packet switching technology," including transport multiprotocol label switching (T-MPLS), the initial version of MPLS transporters. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Alcatel-Lucent said in a statement, "The continuing demand for innovations in packet transport networks are driven by several factors, including: the emergence of very-high-bandwidth subscribers, notably with FTTx deployments on a large scale; new reduced power consumption and footprint specifications; and low-latency applications such as storage area network or grid computing."


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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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