PacketFront intros GPON line

FEBRUARY 10, 2009 -- PacketFront has launched a set of products for GPON, which join the company's existing line of Active Ethernet equipment. The announcement also marks the introduction of PacketFront's new Metrostar series of metro/access switches.

FEBRUARY 10, 2009 -- PacketFront (search Lightwave for PacketFront) has launched a set of products for GPON, which join the company's existing line of Active Ethernet equipment. The announcement also marks the introduction of PacketFront's new Metrostar series of metro/access switches.

The first product, the Metrostar 2016, provides the industry's highest density GPON optical line terminal (OLT) combined with the lowest per subscriber power consumption, PacketFront asserts. Able to connect up to 1,024 optical network terminals (ONTs) in a single 1RU form factor, the MetroStar 2000 can connect up to 40,000 ONTs at a 1:64 split in a standard rack. However, the power consumption per ONT is less than half when compared to competing OLT platforms, the company says.

The second product, the Metrostar 8008, is designed to provide a carrier-class multiservice access node (MSAN) compact chassis with multiple line-card slots for gigabit Active Ethernet and GPON OLTs. The L2 and L3 feature set enables the platform to also serve in the aggregation/distribution layer of the network. Both systems offer a range of uplink-modules including 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and redundant AC or DC power options.

Accompanying the OLTs is also a range of ONT products with different LAN port configurations. Development of a GPON version of the existing modular DRG Ease platform is ongoing, with expected market introduction in Q3 of 2009.

Customer shipment of the Metrostar product line and DRG ONTs will commence in Q2 of 2009.

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