Pirelli Broadband launches CWDM/DWDM hybrid platform

OCTOBER 9, 2006 -- The LWDM concept is designed to enable network operators to start with a platform that meets their needs now and grows as demand for capacity increases, explain company representatives.

OCTOBER 9, 2006 -- Pirelli Broadband Solutions (search Pirelli Broadband Solutions) today announced the launch of its Light Wavelength Division Multiplexing (LWDM) platform at the Broadband World Forum Europe, held this week in Paris.

According to Pirelli, the platform builds on the success of its existing City8 Coarse WDM (CWDM) platform by adding low-end DWDM capability. This combination supports six CWDM wavelengths, each operating at 2.5 Gbits/sec, and 16 DWDM wavelengths, each operating at 2.5 or 10 Gbits/sec, for a total capacity of 175 Gbits/sec on a single platform. The DWDM channels support optical amplification, allowing links of up to 200 km without the use of dispersion compensation, report company representatives.

"The LWDM concept is designed to enable network operators to start with a solution that meets their needs now and grows as demand for capacity increases," explains Pierluigi Franco, senior vice president, marketing and product management of photonics products at Pirelli Broadband Solutions. "A carrier can start with a modest and low-cost expansion of capacity by using the CWDM wavelengths, but then add further capacity and faster interfaces on the DWDM wavelengths while retaining the platform size and price positioning of the CWDM technology," he says.

LWDM is designed to support all access and metro applications up to the metro regional and will handle different types of clients and line interfaces--telecom and datacom--to meet the growing demand for premium services.


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