Princeton deploys NEC ROADM technology

Feb. 14, 2006
February 14, 2006 Herndon, VA -- NEC America announced that Princeton University has deployed NEC's SpectralWave 4240 Core/Edge reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM). The university says it will use the ROADM to help researchers, students, and faculty transfer massive amounts of research and data across multiple locations.

February 14, 2006 Herndon, VA -- NEC America, a provider of carrier-class communications products for optical networks, announced that Princeton University has deployed NEC's SpectralWave 4240 Core/Edge reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM). The university says it will use the ROADM to help researchers, students, and faculty transfer massive amounts of research and data across multiple locations.

"Princeton University strives to be one of the leading research universities, and therefore we need to be on the leading edge in the optical networking area," comments Professor Paul Prucnal. "NEC's product allows us to explore a number of advanced networking functions, as well as to support our ongoing activities on important projects where we collaborate with the industry and government."

NEC says its intelligent, automated 4240 ROADM provides the capacity and network reliability necessary to carry Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) traffic and to support complete voice, video, and data i.e. "triple-play" applications. The company says the device enables dynamic bandwidth allocation of networked wavelengths with integrated transport, switching, and multi-layer management at both the wavelength and SONET/SDH layers.

"Our 4240 ROADM solution is well-suited to provide required capacity and reliability, and to enable Princeton University to perform advanced research projects," remarks Rocky Kler, general manager of NEC's Optical Network Systems division. "We are proud to help Princeton University achieve a network architecture that is flexible and easy to manage, allowing them to take advantage of high-speed services and quality applications."

The 4240 ROADM is the first available product in NEC's 4200 Series optical transport system. The company says the compact 4240 product offers full ROADM capability for flexible multiplexing and transport of up to 40 C-Band or L-Band optical wavelengths. According to the company, the 4240's feature set includes full add-drop capability at any node, full-band tunable transponders, integrated SONET-on-a-blade multiplexers, and upgradeability to wavelength cross-connect (WXC) configuration. Transport topologies supported include optical rings, point-to-point, and linear-chain.