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Sprint extends equipment contract with CIENA.

Sprint [FON] plans to deploy the latest in high-capacity wavelength division multiplexing equipment from Ciena Corp. [CIEN] -- a 40-channel system capable of carrying 100 Gbps of traffic called the MultiWave 4000. The companies say Sprint will be the first carrier to deploy 40-channel WDM. Ciena also reveals that the system can be expanded to 96 channels.

The deployment marks the latest WDM milestone, raising both the number of channels and total capacity going into a commercial network. Several carriers have put in orders for Nortel's [NT] eight-channel, 80 Gbps WDM, and MCI [MCIC] claimed to be the first to run live traffic over the system late last year. By the end of the summer, Lucent [LU] promises to deliver 80-channel WDM systems with 400 Gbps total capacity per fiber.

While pointing out that Ciena is "a significant vendor to us for DWDM," Sprint's V.P. of Engineering Neil Grenfell says that Sprint continues to pursue a multivendor strategy, and continues to evaluate other systems. …

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