Marconi delivers new optical multiservice metro platform

6 November 2003 London and Barcelona Lightwave -- Marconi Corp. plc announced the general availability of its optical multiservice, metro 16-64 platform at the Transmission Network Strategies trade show this week in Barcelona.

Nov 6th, 2003

6 November 2003 London and Barcelona Lightwave -- Marconi Corp. plc announced the general availability of its optical multiservice, metro 16-64 platform at the Transmission Network Strategies trade show this week in Barcelona. According to the company, the new optical multiservice platform provides carriers with a flexible, cost-effective platform to deliver increasing volumes of data services without compromising existing revenue-generating legacy services.

The Marconi multiservice metro 16-64 platform is designed for flexible deployment in a range of applications. It is a high-density, full-connectivity service delivery platform as well as a compact, high-capacity traffic aggregation and switching device. It allows operators to support increasing levels of data traffic seamlessly alongside existing voice and other services while reducing network costs.

Marconi's multiservice metro 16-64 is a highly modular, scalable platform that combines multiple line rate; Ethernet transport/switching; and scalable, fully non-blocking cross-connect capability in a single platform. A unique dual data and TDM bus architecture effectively future proofs the platform, say company representatives, and allows easy migration to higher density, multiple data services on a single platform as demand emerges.

The Marconi multiservice metro 16-64 seamlessly integrates with Marconi's optical core and metro WDM solutions and is first to offer new ITU-approved data enabling capabilities--fully standardized Generic Framing Procedure (GFP), Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS) and Virtual Concatenation (VCAT) solutions. These technologies allow carriers to offer variable bandwidth services to customers, making their network more flexible and cost effective.

The Marconi multiservice metro 16-64 is currently being shipped to customers for trials and is a brand new platform that forms the bedrock of Marconi's next-generation, optical (SDH portfolio.

"SDH remains at the heart of virtually all public operator networks and we, in common with most industry observers, believe that SDH will continue to play a major role for many years to come," contends John Wanklyn, EVP product marketing for Marconi.

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