ZTE taps Enablence for majority of its ROADM requirements

NOVEMBER 3, 2008 -- Under this arrangement, Enablence will be supplying its planar lightwave circuit (PLC)-based reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers and its PLC-based arrayed waveguide gratings (AWG) products to ZTE Corp.

NOVEMBER 3, 2008 -- Enablence Technologies Inc. (search for Enablence), provider of systems, subsystems, and components for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), metro, and long haul markets, today announced that it has won a major bid from China's ZTE Corp. (search for ZTE), one of the first and now largest telecommunications enterprises in China. Under this arrangement, Enablence will be supplying its planar lightwave circuit (PLC)-based reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (search for ROADM) and its PLC-based arrayed waveguide gratings (AWG) products.

Enablence says its iROAD provides a flexible, integrated offering for multi-channel ROADMs with power monitoring and automatic channel balancing at low cost, small size, and low power dissipation. It allows carriers to switch traffic and dynamically reconfigure networks to match the changing bandwidth needs of different customers. Enablence's ROADM makes this traffic switch automatically and remotely, thus reducing operating expenses for carriers, say company representatives.

ZTE confirms that it has chosen Enablence iROAD offering for its high performance. This product will allow telecommunications service providers to quickly increase services to their customers and will therefore result in significant revenue generation.
The AWG is commonly used in optical networks to combine a large number of wavelengths into a single optical fiber. Enablence's AWGs come in colorless and polarization maintaining options and can combine as many as 80 wavelengths into a single fiber, claims the company.

"Enablence has been a leading supplier for Arrayed Waveguide Gratings for the European and North American markets for many years," notes Arvind Chhatbar, CEO of Enablence. "This win from a major Chinese equipment manufacturer is very significant for us as it is a further indication of our strong customer focus and competitive position in the global market place," he says.


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