ReadyLinks teams with Emerson Network Power on FTTH GbE rings

Sept. 27, 2007
SEPTEMBER 27, 2007 -- At next week's FTTH Conference & Expo, ReadyLinks will demonstrate its RHINO FTTH Gigabit-Ethernet Ring Optical Services Gateway with Emerson Network Power's passive optical network ring pedestal.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2007 -- ReadyLinks today announced the launch of the RHINO OSG (Optical Services Gateway), which provides fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) triple-play IP-based services over a 2-Gigabit Ethernet (2-GbE) Ring. The apparatus component of the completely passive outside plant network is the Emerson Network Power NetSpan FDP (Fiber Distribution Pedestal). The networking equipment will be available for demonstrations at Booth #1407 of the 2007 FTTH Conference & Expo, to be held from October 1-4 in Orlando, FL.

According to ReadyLinks representatives, FTTH Gigabit Ethernet Rings have many advantages:

  • There are no FTTH optical line terminals (OLTs) in the Central Office. Ethernet Rings are connected directly to GbE optical ports on standard GbE edge switches from Cisco, Force10, Foundry, etc.
  • There are no FTTH PON optical splitters or large cross-connect cabinets. The only OSP apparatus is the ring connect pedestal in the neighborhood.
  • FTTH Gigabit E-Ring is an open architecture. FTTH E-Rings are not a vendor-proprietary closed solution such as FTTH GPON.
  • IPTV, VoIP, and high-speed Internet are simultaneously delivered via the RHINO OSG. The OSG is equipped with two analog phone ports, 4 10/100 Ethernet Ports, and an optional HPNA 3 interface over coax.
  • No complex optical planning is necessary for FTTH E-Rings. RHINO OSGs use global standard SFP optical modules. Fiber distances from 1 km to 80 km from the central office can be supported.
  • The RHINO OSG is hardened and works in harsh environments.

    "Emerson Network Power is an ideal partner for ReadyLinks for FTTH E-Ring outside plant deployments," contends Larry Synstelien ReadyLinks president and CEO. "Their NetSpan FDP Integrated Fiber Distribution Hub Solution has several new patent-pending features that make FTTH E-Ring fiber cable installation friendly for the user and the connections highly reliable. By using Gigabit E-Rings, service providers are future proofing their networks and will realize the benefits of easily introducing new services and devices to their networks in the future, like HDTV, Interactive Gaming, and IP Wireless access," he says.

    "The FTTH E-Ring is a fiber lean architecture that requires innovation in the passive outside plant," adds George Wakileh, outside plant director of technology and new product development for Emerson Network Power. "Through our partnership with ReadyLinks, we are able to create a complete end-to-end solution for network operators who are creating IP-based triple-play networks."

    ReadyLinks will be exhibiting the RHINO OSG and the Emerson Network Power NetSpan FDP at the FTTH Conference & Expo, and show attendees will be able to view a live end-to-end FTTH E-Ring Triple Play network in Booth #1407. All ReadyLinks booth visitors will also receive a white paper, "Cost Effective FTTH Triple Play using Gigabit Ethernet Rings" that details the E-Ring solution.

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