European firms collaborate for metro infrastructure

July 5, 2002--Transmode Systems AB, a WDM technology developer, and Net Insight, a provider of real-time broadband infrastructure technology, have signed a partnership agreement to promote a joint solution for metro frontier networks.

July 5, 2002--Transmode Systems AB (www.transmode.se), a WDM technology developer, and Net Insight (www.netinsight.net), a provider of real-time broadband infrastructure technology, have signed a partnership agreement to promote a joint solution for metro frontier networks.

Under the agreement Net Insight will resell Transmode's products and the companies will jointly market a bundled metro and media network solution in Europe and USA.

Transmode's products are designed to provide a protocol-independent solution to the diverse requirements of metro and access networks. The current product portfolio provides CWDM for up to 16 wavelengths over a single optical fiber. In combination with Net Insight's technology, designed to provide efficient use of each wavelength's bandwidth, the joint solution aims to offer high capacity and service protection at an unmatched price level.

Traditionally, wavelength systems are mostly deployed in the large optical backbones. However, the demand for higher capacity in metro and edge networks is rapidly increasing as operators introduce streaming media oriented services. Analysis firm Pioneer Consulting expects the metro WDM market to grow from an estimated $1.7 billion in 2002 to $7 billion in 2005.

"We are confident that this market-driven partnership will strengthen our position on the metro network market significantly, " says Isaac Olasoko, CEO of Transmode Systems.

The combined offering supports a number of logical network topologies, including ring, mesh, and point-to-point applications, and offers per-service channel protection. Both product lines offer full network management capabilities, and can be monitored from the same management system. The products facilitate upgrades, allowing service providers to deploy additional capacity channel-by-channel to better meet with their customer's requirements.

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