ADVA Optical Networking unveils FSP 150SP for 4G mobile backhaul

ADVA Optical Networking says its new FSP 150SP, a sync probe device, will “radically” simplify 4G mobile network deployment and maintenance. It also will enable operators to offer synchronization as a service.

Oct 30th, 2012

ADVA Optical Networking says its new FSP 150SP, a sync probe device, will “radically” simplify 4G mobile network deployment and maintenance. It also will enable operators to offer synchronization as a service.

The FSP 150SP combines a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) clock probe that simultaneously supports Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588v2 and a built-in GPS receiver. The FSP 150SP therefore can provide time synchronization and assurance across multi-vendor mobile backhaul infrastructures.

“As the industry continues to drive towards LTE and an evolved packet core, precise timing is a critical stumbling block,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Service providers need to do more than simply bring fiber to the cell tower; they also need to deliver precise time-of-day information for phase alignment between adjacent base stations. This is the primary goal of our FSP 150 platform and its new member, the FSP 150SP. For the first time, backhaul service providers will be able to deliver precise timing information over a multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet infrastructure. Legacy T1/E1 solutions can be decommissioned and GPS receivers are no longer needed at every base station. Our Syncjack functionality and the corresponding end-to-end management will unlock substantial new revenue opportunities for value-added mobile backhaul services.”

Syncjack is a timing distribution, monitoring, and service assurance technology for ADVA’s FSP 150 family. The company says that the FSP 150SP now extends Syncjack technology to every node in a network to ensure end-to-end management, monitoring, and testing. Therefore, both greenfield and existing Carrier Ethernet networks can now enable the delivery of SLA-based synchronization services with both PTP and SyncE network monitoring and performance analysis. Meanwhile, clock accuracy measurements and enhanced statistics can be gathered with external, internal, and GPS references, or even when no synchronization reference is available, ADVA asserts.

“The need to evolve from synchronization based on E1s to new and alternative synchronization standards is common to all mobile operators evolving their packet backhaul networks,” said Patrick Donegan, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. “While some want to manage this new capability entirely themselves, many mobile operators want to outsource some or all of that to their wholesale backhaul providers. A solution that supports all the major synchronization standards, complete with service assurance that the synchronization service is meeting SLA requirements, is an important contribution to the continued cost and performance optimization of mobile backhaul networks worldwide.”

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