28 May 2003 Murray Hill, NJ Lightwave--Lucent Technologies today introduced a next-generation optical access multiplexer designed for North American markets. The product, the Metropolis DMXplore Access Multiplexer, is the latest addition to the Metropolis DMX family of products that provide next-generation SONET capabilities and enable customers to cost-effectively migrate to high-speed data networks.
The optical access multiplexer allows carriers to extend the reach of their SONET networks to small and medium enterprise customers at a low cost. With other products designed for this market, carriers often had to deploy unmanaged solutions, making troubleshooting and reliability difficult. It allows carriers to offer highly protected and reliable services and get faster fault isolation and recovery in the event of a network failure. Because of its small size, density, and low power consumption, Metropolis DMXplore can also be placed in a variety of places on the customers' premises, including extreme temperature environments.
A single shelf, multi-service access multiplexer, the Metropolis DMXplore is designed for fiber to the business and fiber to the curb applications. It enables 16 protected or unprotected DS-1s over an OC-3 high-speed interface to be extended right to the customer premise with many of the next-generation features and protection levels that exist in larger metro multiplexers. It also offers fixed mapping, a pre-provisioned set of cross-connections that makes deployment of the product convenient and quick for customers.
Metropolis DMXplore is supported by the Navis optical management solution, which provides comprehensive and integrated management of an entire transport network, making it easy for carriers to integrate this product into their existing SONET networks. The new access multiplexer is part of the Metropolis family of metro optical networking products, a broad portfolio of products that combine voice and data onto a common platform, allowing service providers to deliver new high-speed, revenue-generating services such as gigabit Ethernet, virtual private networks, storage area networks, and digital subscriber lines. The Metropolis DMX family, now deployed by more than 70 service providers, also includes the DMX access multiplexer for central office and large enterprise applications, the DMXpress for customer premises applications, and DMXtend for loop and enterprise access applications. All provide compatible next-generation SONET functionality and when used together, the products in the portfolio create an end-to-end solution that allows carriers to offer faster, more sophisticated services while lowering operating costs. Providing a solid foundation for future bandwidth and service growth, the products also enables service providers to cost-effectively migrate from existing TDM networks to data-aware packet networks.