Optisphere to demonstrate product portfolio at NFOEC

July 5, 2001
July 5, 2001--Optisphere Networks Inc., a subsidiary of Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc., will offer a comprehensive display of its end-to-end solutions portfolio.

Optisphere Networks Inc., a subsidiary of Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc., will offer a comprehensive display of its end-to-end solutions portfolio at Booth 4412 at the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) Exhibition in Baltimore, July 9-11.

Optisphere's portfolio includes systems for long haul, routing and metro DWDM applications that also reduce power and space consumption. For example, the company will demonstrate its multi-haul dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) system, which is designed for increased bandwidth and cost efficiency on an open platform. It is a flexible, modular DWDM platform allowing for terabit transmission with the same amplifier platform using technologies such as Raman amplification, enhanced link control and optical add-drop multiplexing. The latest release of the product can transmit up to 160 wavelengths at 10 Gbit/s. The platform also can offer 320 wavelengths at 10 Gbit/s, and the next release of the multi-haul system is expected to transport 80 wavelengths at 40 Gbit/s.

To address the growing metro DWDM market, Optisphere will demonstrate its 10 Gbit/s metro DWDM product, which features a transparent channel that is protocol- and bit-rate independent. For example, the transparent interface interoperates with protocols such as ATM, IP, SONET, ESCON and Gigabit Ethernet. The system uses built-in transponders withE3R regeneration to handle bit rates ranging from 51 Mbit/s to 10 Gbit/s per wavelength. The system is modular and can support up to 64 wavelengths in ring and point-to-point configurations with add/drop applications. It provides optical protection, which can be extended to the customer premises.

To complement its metro DWDM offerings, Optisphere has added the OptiPack Multi Service Platform to increase multiservice aggregation capabilities. Based on a non-exclusive OEM agreement with Alidian Networks Inc., Optisphere will resell Alidian's add/drop multiplexer platforms that support up to 80 Gbit/s of service-bearing capacity.

Optisphere also will demonstrate its Managed Optical Distribution Frame (MODIF). MODIF addresses one of the most common industry problems -- patch-panel chaos. It combines the functionality of a traditional fiber distribution panel with the intelligence of a network management system. The management capability can perform circuit inventory functions and helps to reduce the chance for error. MODIF enables a carrier to turn up new circuits faster, dynamically track network modifications and trouble-shoot circuit outages. MODIF manages optical cross-connections between up to 1,944 bi-directional optical points without blocking and features a MEMS switch for fast restoration.

Optisphere will display its fifth-generation network management system, TNMS, an integrated solution that allows service providers to integrate functionality in the element and network layers. The network management center features a north- and southbound CORBA-based interface (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) to manage multi-vendor networks.

Optisphere will feature TransPlan, a network design tool for multi-haul DWDM networks. It features a graphical user interface that simplifies network design, engineering and cost analysis. After data is input into TransPlan, customers can test various network configurations and select a plan that optimizes the long-haul system in their network.

About Optisphere and Siemens:

Optisphere Networks Inc. develops and markets innovative systems for the global optical networks market. Optisphere provides optical terabit solutions for IP-optimized transport, routing and channel aggregation functions that help customers increase services, generate revenues and reduce total operating costs. A subsidiary of Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc., Optisphere is headquartered in Reston, Va. For more information, visit www.optisphere.com.

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