Tel West picks White Rock's optical platform

April 7, 2006 Richardson, TX -- Seattle-based Tel West Network Services has selected White Rock Networks' VLX2020 metro optical transport system's Mini DCS configuration to upgrade its optical networks in several markets. Tel West chose the optical platform to replace its legacy cross-connect systems.

April 7, 2006 Richardson, TX -- Seattle-based Tel West Network Services has selected White Rock Networks' VLX2020 metro optical transport system's Mini DCS configuration to upgrade its optical networks in several markets.

Tel West chose the VLX2020 Mini DCS platform to replace its legacy cross-connect systems. The provider says the platform will increase hubbing capacity and deliver Ethernet-based services with considerable space and power savings, and other operating efficiencies that legacy cross-connect systems cannot provide.

"In some markets Tel West's traffic growth has been considerable, and we reached the point where we needed to improve the cost efficiencies in our network," comments John Holoman, Tel West's director of engineering and operations in Texas. "The VLX2020 allowed us to plan an efficient and economical transition from a legacy platform to a scalable and compact solution which facilitated our capital and operational cost optimization initiatives, while providing grooming, aggregation, and transport of TDM, SONET, and Ethernet services. Rapid integration into our existing network was very capably managed by White Rock's customer support team."

According to a press release, in some cases, the White Rock optical platform will be replacing Tellabs' legacy cross-connect systems.

"Collapsing DCS and transport elements at hubbing locations into a single system is a major capex and opex gain for carriers, and it has a fairly short payback," contends Paul Forzisi, White Rock's VP of marketing.

White Rock says its VLX2020 platform performs traditional DCS functions such as circuit management and VT/STS grooming, in addition to the transport of TDM and Ethernet services. According to the company, while most service providers cannot afford to place multi-rack cross-connect systems at edge locations, placing a DCS closer to the network's edge results in "undeniable" traffic efficiency.


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