NEC America's Optical Networking Division ramps up in '08

FEBRUARY 11, 2008 -- Building on the momentum of growth in its optical network systems business, NEC says it is expanding its Herndon, VA, campus and announcing new operator migration equipment and progress in 40G/100G transmission.

FEBRUARY 11, 2008 -- NEC Corporation of America (search for NEC America) today announced that it will continue to introduce new optical networking equipment to deliver revenue-generating value to the carrier community into 2008. This expansion comes as NEC looks to proactively address network infrastructure changes, as next-generation networks (NGN) continue to shift toward IP-based technologies that support fixed and mobile telephony, video broadcasting, and business networks.

Building on the momentum of growth in its optical network systems business, NEC says it is expanding its Herndon, VA, campus and announcing new operator migration equipment and progress in 40G/100G transmission.

Key to its 2007 success, claims NEC, was the introduction of several new products:

• The SpectralWave MW0500-series is a CWDM service delivery platform for metropolitan access and cable networks. All configurations of the MW-0500-series provide an economical, eco-friendly, and easy-to-deploy option for a variety of managed wavelength service delivery needs including storage area networking, Fiber Channel relief, IP offloading, and high-speed optical Ethernet transport, say company representatives.
• The CX2600/200-Series' new Service Aggregation Switch incorporates added TDM/ATM interfaces as well as reliable maintenance and operation functions. NEC says these new features will enable carriers to carry out a smooth deployment of business data services, aggregate packet and circuit-based infrastructure, and migrate their mobile backhaul networks.
• The expanded SpectralWave 4200-series of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technologies includes multi-reach capabilities, yielding new opportunities in 40G/100G.
• NEC's tunable laser suite for the full SpectralWave family enables service providers and multiple system operators to maximize savings from their existing SpectralWave assets, while optimizing operational benefits from across their installed optical infrastructure, contends the company.

From a global optical networking perspective, NEC says its Generation Free Platform (GF-PF) is an integral component to enabling its NGN service delivery at the core--especially as NEC's NGN focuses on expanding network infrastructure to include enhanced bandwidth capacity for new applications and services. With the GF-PF platform, service providers can seamlessly integrate new components to dynamically "right-size" their network for appropriate bandwidth allocation, explains the company.

NEC says its lineup of NGN infrastructure equipment experienced success in 2007. The SpectralWave 4200 ROADM, for example, has seen several hundred deployed as of the end of 2007, and the GPON platform was recently selected for a critical application by an American service provider.

"Over the past few years, we have strategically built our optical networking product and solutions suite to best position NEC for future growth in North America," explains Rocky Kler, vice president and general manager, NEC Corporation of America, Optical Network Systems Division. "We are confident that in 2008 we will reach an inflection point where our breadth of offerings coupled with new optical networking innovation, including high-speed 40G/100G optical transport, will help drive NEC's wireless carrier growth objectives."

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