FEBRUARY 17, 2009 -- Transmode (search Lightwave for Transmode) and NEC Corp. (search Lightwave for NEC) have signed a five-year partnership agreement by which NEC will resell Transmode's metro WDM optical networking equipment globally on a non-exclusive basis.
The worldwide market for metro WDM is set to grow from $3.7 billon in 2008 to $5.4 billion in 2011 according to a study by Infonetics Research (search Lightwave for Infonetics) in November 2008.
"Optical fiber based networking solutions are playing an increasingly important role as network architectures in the access and metro continue to evolve to meet backhaul needs as well as end-user requirements. NEC's market-leading microwave transmission systems along with our switching and aggregation portfolio and the partnership with Transmode allows us to address the needs of both fixed and mobile carriers." says Yoichi Watanabe, associate senior vice [resident and executive general manager, International Carrier Solutions Operations Unit, NEC Corp.
Karl ThedÃ©en, CEO at Transmode, says, "The need to increase capacity in the optical networks is being driven by the exponential growth in all types of communications traffic. The partnership between NEC and Transmode creates a ready-made solution to that challenge. With these solutions, fixed and mobile carriers will be able to meet increased bandwidth demands from VDSL, HSPA, LTE, and other high-bandwidth technologies in a cost-efficient way as they build out the optical networks."