World Wide Packets & RBN unveil converged services solution

June 12, 2001
June 12, 2001--World Wide Packets and Redfern Broadband Networks announced a technology demonstration last week at SuperComm 2001 to show the distribution of converged IP services over new access and core solutions interoperating in a seamless and complementary environment over DWDM.

World Wide Packets, a solutions provider for optical broadband connectivity, and RBN, Inc. (Redfern Broadband Networks), a supplier of optical networking solutions for metropolitan and access networks, announced a technology demonstration last week at SuperComm 2001 to show the distribution of converged IP services over new access and core solutions interoperating in a seamless and complementary environment over DWDM.

The World Wide Packets LightningEdge Ethernet to the Subscriber (ETTS) solution leverages the capacity of fiber, the predominance of IP, and the speed, flexibility and manageability of Ethernet to deliver up to 1,000 times the performance of current broadband offerings to the edge of the network. By deploying the LightningEdge access solution in conjunction with a DWDM network such as the RBN GigaWave wavelength management system, service providers can maximize the efficiency of fiber in the core, while delivering voice, video and data services at unprecedented levels to their subscribers over the LightningEdge access network.

The RBN GigaWave DWDM access solution sits in the core of the network and provides a comprehensive solution for delivering multiple wavelengths of Gigabit Ethernet to access systems on the edge of the broadband network. The system is comprised of multiple RBN GigaWave Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (OADM) nodes converging at an RBN GigaWave Switching Multiplexer (SMX).

LightningEdge subscribers access broadband services such as broadcast television, video-on-demand, blazing fast Internet access, and voice through an Access Portal. Access Portals provide multiple connections for subscriber devices and connect the subscriber to the broadband network. Access Concentrators and Distributors aggregate the Access Portals and provide thousands of megabits per second of capacity for delivery of integrated services. Key features such as per service and per subscriber QoS, multicast control, usage statistics, rate-limiting and auto-provisioning come together to create a carrier class service delivery platform. The LightningEdge Network Supervisor allows operators to seamlessly integrate the access network infrastructure into their current OSS/BSS systems for management, provisioning, and billing.

The RBN GigaWave metro and access solutions offer rapid provisioning of wavelength services using a hubbed DWDM ring architecture with integrated lambda switching at the hub node. This parallels the time-proven hubbed Ethernet architecture and the time proven resilience of SONET ring networks, thus offering the best of both worlds to the network service providers. Low profile Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (OADMs) provide access to the ring for new generation packet based services such as Gigabit Ethernet and legacy services such as SONET. At the hub node, RBN's highly flexible and scaleable Switching Multiplexer (SMX) directs lambda services to local switches, routers and servers or to remote resources via another DWDM metro or access ring, or via the long haul network.

About RBN (Redfern Broadband Networks):

RBN, Inc., provides products to meet the needs of communications providers by simplifying next-generation optical networking in the metro and access markets. For more information, visit

About World Wide Packets:

World Wide Packets is a solutions provider for optical broadband connectivity. The company designs, develops and manufactures optical access network solutions. For more information, visit

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