5 June 2003 San Diego, CA Lightwave -- Sorrento Networks, supplier of intelligent optical networking solutions for metro and regional applications, this week announced that Cox Communications has rolled out video-on-demand (VOD) service in the rapidly expanding Las Vegas market with the help of Sorrento's GigaMux DWDM and JumpStart CWDM systems. The new offering complements the advanced services already provided by Cox Las Vegas, such as digital cable and high-speed Internet access, and is central to the carrier's plans to provide on-demand video and data on an integrated all-IP/Gigabit Ethernet transport network.
"We selected Sorrento Networks because their products allow IP-based video and data to mix transparently with legacy SONET over the same system," explains Scott Pollock, Cox Las Vegas senior systems engineer. "Our requirement was to transport a variety of residential and commercial services all over the Las Vegas valley, including numerous services to popular hotels. Sorrento's GigaMux and JumpStart platforms helped meet the need in a cost-effective manner, while providing confidence that our metro transport is `future-proofed' for years to come. Attractive economics, strong Gigabit Ethernet support, and a highly scalable architecture made the choice to deploy Sorrento an easy one," he adds.
"GigaMux and JumpStart were designed to address the unique challenges of the metro market--to be robust enough to meet carriers' requirements, yet flexible enough to support a wide array of services in a pay-as-you-grow fashion," asserts Demetri Elias, Sorrento's vice president of marketing. "GigaMux and JumpStart are proving very effective in enabling the roll-out of MSOs' advanced services even in the current market that requires low starting costs for any new network equipment."
Sorrento Networks' GigaMux is a metro and regional DWDM platform based on a compact, flexible, "pay-as-you-grow" architecture. Working in conjunction with GigaMux is the EPC product family of sub-rate aggregation multiplexers that increase bandwidth utilization by combining several data channels for transmission over a single wavelength, including ESCON, Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, and SONET/SDH. For access applications, Sorrento offers JumpStart-400, a cost-effective 8-wavelength, coarse WDM (CWDM) platform.