ADVA offers MicroMux Edge BiDi pluggable for access networks

March 17, 2022
The QSFP+ device supports the multiplexing of four independent and bidirectional 10GBase-BX40 interfaces for access network requirements up to 40 km.

ADVA (FSE: ADV) has expanded its MicroMux family of pluggables with the MicroMux Edge BiDi module. The QSFP+ device supports the multiplexing of four independent and bidirectional 10GBase-BX40 interfaces for access network requirements up to 40 km.

The MicroMux Edge BiDi responds to a growing interest in single-fiber operations, said Saeid Aramideh, vice president of business development, optical engines, at ADVA during a conversation at OFC 2022 in San Diego last week. Cable MSOs are known to use bidirectional links in their networks and Aramideh hinted that at least one Tier 1 U.S. telco has interest in technology such as the MicroMux Edge BiDi as well. ADVA suggests that network operators will like the module in support of wholesale and business Ethernet services delivery as well as 5G mobile network applications, for which the module can meet symmetric latency requirements.

“Cloud enterprises services and residential broadband are driving the need for higher capacity in the last mile. But in many areas, deploying new fiber isn’t possible or the cost of leasing is simply too expensive. Our new MicroMux Edge BiDi is the answer. It minimizes fiber consumption by providing duplex communication over a single fiber. Open and pluggable, the MicroMux Edge BiDi is specifically designed for access networks where cost, space and latency come at a premium,” said Stephan Rettenberger, senior vice president of marketing and investor relations at ADVA via a press release. “By enabling single-fiber operations, our new pluggable device is also perfect for use cases that cannot tolerate delay variations between upstream and downstream signals, such as meeting the stringent network synchronization demands of 5G.”

The MicroMux Edge BiDi is the newest member of the MicroMux family, joining such variants at the MicroMux Nano and the MicroMux Quattro (see, for example, “ADVA expands MicroMux pluggable multiplexer line for edge and core networks”). Aramideh said that the new device is representative of his company’s growing work in “zero footprint” (i.e., pluggable) devices and other components and subsystems, a business area he has been tasked to grow.

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