Fujitsu adds connection-oriented Ethernet to FLASHWAVE 4100 ES to create micro packet ONP

OCTOBER 13, 2009 – Fujitsu will add connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) capabilities to its FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform to create a micro packet optical networking platform (packet ONP). The upgrade will enable any of the more than 10,000 installed FLASHWAVE 4100 ES systems to support high-performance CoE services by installing new COE cards and performing an in-service software upgrade to the existing nodes.

OCTOBER 13, 2009 – Fujitsu will add connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) capabilities to its FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform to create a micro packet optical networking platform (packet ONP). The upgrade will enable any of the more than 10,000 installed FLASHWAVE 4100 ES systems to support high-performance CoE services by installing new COE cards and performing an in-service software upgrade to the existing nodes.

The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Micro Packet ONP, in conjunction with the EoX Gateway on the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP also announced today, provides a complete backhaul, aggregation, and service delivery approach over SONET or native Ethernet over fiber, Fujitsu asserts.

Applications that will benefit from the new COE enhancements include mobile backhaul, wholesale Ethernet access, metro Ethernet business services, and backhaul of triple-play residential services including broadband Internet access from DSLAM, PON, or CMTS equipment, Fujitsu believes. The platform is “ideal” for mobile backhaul applications due to its native support for T1s and Ethernet, the company adds. Existing FLASHWAVE 4100 ES cell site deployments currently providing T1 backhaul for legacy 2G/3G services can be upgraded to deliver the CoE capabilities required for Ethernet-based 3G and 4G wireless services. The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform is environmentally hardened to operate within the harsh environment of a cell site outside plant (OSP) cabinet.

“Connection-oriented Ethernet delivers the stringent QoS, performance, high availability, and security of SONET while providing the networking efficiency, bandwidth scalability, and flexibility of native Ethernet,” said Rod Naphan, vice president of product and strategic planning at Fujitsu Network Communications. “The addition of COE to our popular FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform enables longer-term revenue opportunities for our customers. As their wireless service provider customers migrate to 4G, the platform supports a graceful transition from Ethernet over SONET to native Ethernet over fiber.”

Customers who have deployed the FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform can take advantage of the new COE capabilities to gain additional revenue from high-performance Ethernet services without incurring the cost and delays of building an overlay access network, Fujitsu says. While traditional EoS requires dedicated bandwidth in increments of 50 Mbps for each Ethernet connection to a cell site or customer premises, the FLASHWAVE 4100 ES system delivers path-protected CoE services in 1-Mbps bandwidth granularity over the same fiber as the TDM services.

Applications such as mobile backhaul that require ultra-high availability will benefit from the use of the FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Micro Packet ONP, the company says. Multiple levels of fault tolerance, including Ethernet UNI (link) protection using IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation, 50-ms EVC (service) path protection using ITU-T G.8031, and equipment-level protection ensure non-stop operation. Ethernet link and service operations, administration, and management is provided using ITU-T Y.1731 and IEEE 802.1ag.

The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform includes an integrated T1 Network Interface Unit (NIU) and Ethernet Network Interface Device (NID) to eliminate multiple external devices. This capability expedites service activation and fault mitigation by enabling more accurate fault isolation before an on-site visit by a service technician is required, the company says.

The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Micro Packet ONP is remotely managed using the Fujitsu NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS), which is the single, unified management system for the entire portfolio of Fujitsu FLASHWAVE MSPP, DWDM, and Packet Optical Networking Platform products.

The new capabilities will be generally available in North America by the end of this year.

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