Startup Unveils All-IP Optical Edge Networking Strategy

Point Reyes Networks, an optical networking startup, partially took the wraps off its technology and the strategy that it will use to bring an all-IP solution to the heart of the public telecommunications network next year.

Point Reyes Networks, an optical networking startup, partially took the wraps off its technology and the strategy that it will use to bring an all-IP solution to the heart of the public telecommunications network next year.

Point Reyes Networks, founded in April 1999, is headquartered in San Jose, with a research and development center in the Telecom Corridor in Richardson, TX. It will target its products at carriers� carriers, which are companies that own optical fiber and currently lease it to other service providers.

According to its announcement, released yesterday, Point Reyes Networks� solution will enable those companies to deliver TDM, ATM, voice over IP, and Internet services over a single, high-density IP optical platform.

For the customer of the carriers' carrier, the Point Reyes Networks open service platform enables both legacy and newer IP services. The features of this platform will reduce provisioning, management and delivery costs of services over core optical networks, claims the company.

"When we began this company, it was with a vision of how to bring a service aspect to core DWDM/optical networks," said Stoney Wong, chief technology officer and one of the founders of Point Reyes Networks. "The key ingredients of this evolution are the ability to offer a full range of services from a single platform, complete interoperability with legacy networks, and the ability to dramatically speed up service turn-up time by significantly reducing the number of network elements required in the process. This is what we will bring to market next year."

Founded by Ravi Sethi, Mihir Mohanty, and Wong, Point Reyes Networks is a privately held company that received $11 million in its initial round of financing in April 1999. Sevin Rosen Funds is the primary investor. The company has about 50 employees on staff at its facility in San Jose and 25 in Richardson.

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