Multi-service access platform extends service life of AFC access networks

August 23, 2005 Richardson, TX -- White Rock Networks, a provider of next-generation optical transport systems for metro networks, has introduced a retrofit kit for its VLX2006 multi-service access platform. The company says the kit provides an easy upgrade path to OC-48 transport for existing AFC 240 line cabinets.

August 23, 2005 Richardson, TX -- White Rock Networks, a provider of next-generation optical transport systems for metro networks, has introduced a retrofit kit for its VLX2006 multi-service access platform. The company says the kit provides an easy upgrade path to OC-48 transport for existing AFC 240 line cabinets.

According to the company, using the pre-packaged kit, the VLX2006 platform can be installed into existing cabinets, providing carriers with fully protected Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, DS1, DS3, OC-3, and OC-12 drops to the cabinet. All optical interfaces can be configured on a port-by-port basis.

According to the company, once installed using the retrofit kit, the VLX2006 platform increases network flexibility, extends existing equipment service life, saves fibers by collapsing star networks into rings, increases backhaul bandwidth, fully protects all services, and provides Gigabit Ethernet to every cabinet.

"As existing transport networks are stretched to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest-generation IP services, carriers are looking for simple, low-cost ways to extend the service life of existing narrowband remote cabinet installations. White Rock's new retrofit kit for the VLX2006 easily allows our 2 RU, fully hardened and protected OC-48 platform to fit within existing AFC 240 cabinets, significantly expanding capacity for new revenue-generating, Ethernet-based services, while also consolidating transport for TDM backhaul of existing systems," comments Lonnie Martin, CEO of White Rock Networks. "The wide array of service interfaces on the VLX2006 supports backhaul applications for existing service equipment, while also providing additional ports and transport bandwidth for converged transport and aggregation of packet and circuit traffic. Service providers can share fiber transport facilities for legacy and next-generation access platforms, reducing transport costs, while easing the transition to newer IP services."

The company says the platform is optimized for outside plant deployments, allowing existing cabinet installations to remain in place while carriers begin the transition to high-bandwidth IP services. According to the company, with its small form factor, low power requirements and fanless extended temperature support, the VLX2006 is an ideal platform for service delivery to remote cabinets, cell sites, and office buildings.

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