MAY 27, 2010 -- Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) has introduced the CN 5150 Service Aggregation Switch, the latest addition to its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) portfolio. The CN 5150 is designed to provide versatile, carrier-grade service delivery with its ability to provide scalable subscriber capacity and deterministic Ethernet behavior while operating in controlled or uncontrolled temperature environments.
Ciena sees the new platform as a flexible, cost-efficient option to support highly reliable wireless backhaul, Ethernet business service aggregation and delivery, and multi-purpose Carrier Ethernet-based networks.
The new CN 5150 broadens network operators’ service capabilities by offering what Ciena asserts is industry-leading subscriber scalability, plus extended operating temperatures, higher port density, and advanced features including a range of resilient, connection-oriented Ethernet services. These capabilities enable service providers, enterprises, utilities and government agencies to accelerate their transition to more flexible and cost-effective pure packet architectures, in Ciena’s view. In particular, the company believes the CN 5150 will work particularly well for LTE backhaul requirements, including support for the X2 interface, clock synchronization, scalability, and difficult operating environments.
Ciena cites the following as key features of CN 5150:
- Extended temperature ranges, including support of -40˚ to +65˚C (-40˚ to 149˚F) operating temperatures.
- Subscriber scalability via support of up to 256,000 MAC addresses.
- Advanced timing/synchronization through support of IEEE 1588v2 Precision Timing Protocol and Synchronous Ethernet.
- Encapsulation flexibility via support of a range of encapsulation options, including Q-in-Q, PBB-TE, and MPLS.
- High port density in a 2 RU form factor with 48x1-Gbps and up to 4x10-Gbps Ethernet ports for first tier aggregation and MTU/MDU requirements.
“Our CESD portfolio continues to be an important growth driver of our business and we remain focused on enhancing its features and capabilities to help our customers lower their costs and expand their addressable markets,” said Philippe Morin, senior vice president, global products group at Ciena. “With the rapid growth of Ethernet services and the continuous demand for more bandwidth at new points in the network, fiber aggregation points are being pushed further and further towards the edge. The addition of CN 5150 to this portfolio means our customers now have a fully manageable, GbE to 10 GbE aggregation platform that can be deployed in any extended temperature location.”