Sycamore Networks (NASDAQ: SCMR) announced a new initiative that it says will extend Ethernet connectivity across all segments of the intelligent optical network. Based on the company's carrier-class "EtherOptic" technologies, new features added to the SN 10000 transport platform and SN 3000 optical access switch will enable service providers to deploy Gigabit Ethernet services from any point to any point in their network.
EtherOptics, Sycamore's technology for carrying Ethernet over intelligent optical networks, represents a blend of existing protocols with hard and soft optics. Two new modules, an eight-port Gigabit Ethernet service module for the SN 10000 long-haul/ultra-long-haul transport platform and a two-port Gigabit Ethernet module for the SN 3000 intelligent optical access switch, will enable service providers to target the emerging Application Service Provider market as well as generate additional value from their established networks.
The two-port module is currently shipping. Sycamore expects the eight-port module will be available during the first quarter of next year.
LDCOM Networks is Sycamore�s first announced customer for the new capabilities. The carrier will use Sycamore network products to support its OptiFlex service, an Ethernet-based flexible bandwidth service available from 50 Mbits/sec to 1 Gbit/sec in increments of 50 or 100 Mbits/sec.