New ADVA modules extend metro distance capability to 500 km

4 December 2003 Munich, Germany, and Mahwah, NJ -- ADVA Optical Networking today launched a new set of optical transceiver and amplifier modules for its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 carrier-class metro infrastructure solution. The new modules deliver higher tolerance for impairment, greater dispersion load, and higher gain, say company representatives, thereby extending the system's reach capability to 500 km in metro regional networks without regeneration.

4 December 2003 Munich, Germany, and Mahwah, NJ -- ADVA Optical Networking today launched a new set of optical transceiver and amplifier modules for its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 carrier-class metro infrastructure solution. The new modules deliver higher tolerance for impairment, greater dispersion load, and higher gain, say company representatives, thereby extending the system's reach capability to 500 km in metro regional networks without regeneration.

ADVA's FSP 3000, a metro system based on DWDM technology, offers a a "pay-as-you-grow" cost structure and a range of interfaces, including Local Area Network (LAN), Storage Area Network (SAN), and SONET/ SDH services. The FSP 3000 additionally provides quick and easy provisioning, a variety of architectures, simple planning tools, and robust operation, claims the company.

"Carriers are increasing deployments in their metro WDM networks, in particular to address regional applications," reports Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research. "This is being driven by a variety of factors, including growing CAPEX spending by carriers, fiber exhaust, new build-out in emerging countries, and higher-bandwidth content additions to service offerings by mobile operators. The ADVA FSP 3000 is a proven platform, and these new feature enhancements extend its range past the metro into regional applications."

"The FSP 3000 has continued to grow its feature set and expand its addressable applications to include LAN, SAN, wavelength services, network infrastructure, and now metro regional," adds Brian P. McCann, chief marketing and strategy officer at ADVA. "We have already successfully deployed several metro regional networks in Europe, including a 430-km link for SDH traffic and a nationwide research network of 2,600 km for 10-Gigabit Ethernet traffic. This latest feature enhancement makes the FSP 3000 even more competitive in today's marketplace and represents a very compelling alternative to long-haul platforms in metro regional applications."

The FSP 3000 employs parallel use of DWDM and TDM technology to enable all protocols between 8 Mbits/sec and 10 Gbits/sec and up to 256 applications with a total capacity of 640 Gbits/sec to be transported over one single fiber pair. The system's design supports point-to-point, linear add/drop, ring, and meshed network topologies of up to 10 nodes across distances up to 500 km without regeneration. A Slimline chassis version was launched in early 2003 as a feeder solution to transport limited numbers of high-bandwidth applications.

The new FSP 3000 modules for metro regional network applications will be released for general availability in volume shipment in the first quarter 2004.

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