Salira launches standards-based IEEE 802.3ah EPON platform

October 17, 2005 Santa Clara, CA -- Salira Systems, a provider of Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (GEPON) systems, has introduced its Salira 3000 Series, a standards-based product line based on the IEEE 802.3ah protocols for Ethernet PON (EPON). According to the company, the platform employs chipsets from Teknovus, and offers full capability to deliver standards-based EPON services.

Oct 17th, 2005

October 17, 2005 Santa Clara, CA -- Salira Systems, a provider of Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (GEPON) systems, has introduced its Salira 3000 Series, a standards-based product line based on the IEEE 802.3ah protocols for Ethernet PON (EPON). According to the company, the platform employs chipsets from Teknovus, and offers full capability to deliver standards-based EPON services.

The company says its 3000 Series EPON platform consists of its 2550 optical line terminal (OLT), its 3345 optical network unit (ONU), and its 3350-S ONU. Services are provisioned and maintained by the company's SAM (Salira Access Management) network management system.

According to the company, the footprint of the 2550 has been greatly reduced from the earlier 2500 such that 4 devices can be installed in a standard 7-foot rack, conserving central office space. The platform employs two redundant system controller cards that control the service line cards. Up to 14 GEPON optical line cards each delivering two symmetrical Gigabit Ethernet PON links can be installed in the unit to support standards-based services. Each PON link can support up to a 1 to 64 split ratio. Alternately, up to 8 TDM line cards supporting OC-3/STM-1 or T1/E1 service can be installed in the unit, with the remaining 6 slots delivering Gigabit Ethernet service.

On the customer premises side, the company has introduced two standards-based ONUs. The company says its Salira 3345 is a flexible CPE device that is designed to deliver standards-based Ethernet and/or traditional TDM services to end-users in MTU and MDU environments. The device's two pluggable slots can support any combination of modular plug-ins including 8-port 10/100BaseT, 8-port DMT VDSL, or 8-port T1/E1. Additionally, the company says its Salira 3350-S is an extremely compact CPE device designed to deliver standards-based Fast Ethernet services to individual businesses and residences. The device has a two Fast Ethernet ports, and measures 6.5 inches wide by 4.5 inches high.

The company says that customers using its proprietary Salira 2000 platform can add the Salira 3000 line cards to existing hardware to deliver standards-based services via standards-based CPE devices. The company says its SAM system can simultaneously manage proprietary and standards-based services.

In conjunction with the product announcements, the company announced that the Salira 3000 Series is the first EPON product based on the IEEE 802.3ah standard to receive certification from China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII). The MII is responsible for performing rigorous testing of telecommunications equipment; MII certification means that a vendor's products are approved for deployment in China's communications networks.

"The Salira 3000 Series makes it easy for carriers to deploy systems quickly and economically to meet increased customer demand," comments Yanming Liu, CEO of Salira Systems. "We are seeing strong interest in our new products from carriers around the world."

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