October 21, 2004 Petah Tikva, Israel -- ECI Telecom has adapted Raman technology to connect regional and long-haul networks in locations that were previously difficult or expensive to link. According to the company, ECI's Raman technology requires fewer amplifiers to link networks across different islands or other remote locations--enabling carriers and providers to deliver critical services to untapped subscribers at competitive prices.
Raman technology was initially designed for ultra long-haul networks, and is typically expensive to use. After being the first to deploy Dynamic EDFA technology, ECI now adds Raman technology to use the fiber as the amplification media to connect remote locations separated by deserts, jungles, or water for regional and long haul applications.
Upgrading the optical fiber infrastructure to carry DWDM between a group of islands, for example, used to require expensive undersea systems to connect them. ECI claims its Raman technology offers a much more cost-effective solution by enabling the connection of regional and long haul distances without requiring inline amplifiers underwater or between distances. This eliminates the need for expensive undersea waterproof amplifiers, thereby reducing costs for the provider.
"ECI is able to address some of the most complex network requirements faced by carriers in terms of connecting remote locations with our cost-effective Raman alternative," asserts Ido Gur, vice president, sales and marketing for ECI's Optical Networks Division. "Our unique adaptation of Raman technology delivers a very attractive opportunity for carriers looking to reach new areas with comprehensive services. ECI's Raman technology is available now and is being deployed in an undersea network in the Philippines."
ECI's XDM platform converges intelligent optical networking capabilities with advanced data functionality including Ethernet Layer 2, SDH/SONET, CWDM and DWDM. Offering a modular approach to building next generation services, the XDM enables carriers to maximize investment in existing infrastructure while generating new revenue opportunities.
The XDM is managed by the LightSoft network management system, which combines a multi-technology display concept with VPN capabilities. It allows service providers to hand over partial or full control of its network to customers in a "carrier-of-carriers" configuration.