NOVEMBER 7, 2007 -- Tellabs (search for Tellabs) today unveiled Feature Package 7.1 for its existing 8800 Multi-Service Router. The new package includes Multilink PPP (ML-PPP) and Generic Framing Procedure (GFP) to enable the transport of Ethernet traffic over traditional copper and SONET networks.
Multiple overlay networks increase operating costs, say Tellabs representatives, and customers who want to migrate on their time and their schedule often delay the transition. In addition, the majority of businesses worldwide lack a fiber connection. These issues can cause multiple headaches for service providers.
For its part, Tellabs says the 8800 MSR cures these headaches by enabling providers to put traditional services, such as TDM, Frame Relay, and ATM over Ethernet.
"It's painful when customers want services that the network isn't ready to deliver," admits Dan Kelly, executive vice president of global products for Tellabs. "We're enabling providers to offer new Ethernet services over non-fiber networks or deliver traditional services over new IP networks, so everybody wins."
In addition, service providers worldwide now can carry traditional circuit-based traffic over new packet-based networks, say company representatives. The Tellabs 8800 MSR uses a technology called Structure-Agnostic TDM over Packet (SAToP). SAToP disguises traditional traffic to look like packet-based traffic, enabling service providers to carry traditional TDM traffic through packet-based network infrastructure, including Ethernet. In this way, providers can upgrade to the latest packet-based edge and core networks for the future, yet still deliver trusted, highly available services to their customers, say Tellabs representatives.