BTI enhances Netstender with 10-Gbit/sec pluggable optics

May 31, 2006 Ottawa, Canada -- BTI Photonic Systems today announced availability of its 10-Gbit/sec wavelength conversion module for the Netstender platform. The Netstender now supports 10-Gigabit Ethernet and OC-192/STM-64 interfaces, combining high-bandwidth, high-performance service delivery with cost-effective, scalable transport for metro and regional networks, say company representatives.

May 31, 2006 Ottawa, Canada -- BTI Photonic Systems today announced availability of its 10-Gbit/sec wavelength conversion module for the Netstender platform. The Netstender now supports 10-Gigabit Ethernet and OC-192/STM-64 interfaces, combining high-bandwidth, high-performance service delivery with cost-effective, scalable transport for metro and regional networks, say company representatives.

"Our customers told us there was a gap in the market for a carrier-grade platform offering 10-Gbit/sec capabilities cost-effectively for low channel count requirements," reports Glenn Thurston, vice president of marketing, BTI Photonic Systems. "The BTI solution offers 10-Gigabit Ethernet connectivity at a significantly lower cost and smaller footprint than existing competing solutions."

"Many carriers are shifting their spending to building ROADM-mesh metro core transport architectures that operate at 10 Gbits/sec," adds Richard Mack, vice president and general manager of KMI Research. "With telcos increasingly offering video services, there is a growing need for small channel 10-Gbit/sec systems to complement large backbone build-outs and extend the intelligence and efficiency of the core to the edges of the network."

Using pluggable optics on line ports, BTI Photonic Systems' new 10-Gbit/sec module offers what the company claims is industry leading flexibility and the lowest total cost of ownership. It can translate any optical interface (850 nm, 1310 nm, DWDM) to any wavelength with full performance statistics, allowing service providers to offer 10-Gbit/sec services with Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

The new plug-in unit supports advanced networking features, including client port utilization data and performance monitoring of both line and client signals to deliver 10-Gbit/sec transport, network demarcation, LAN-PHY point-to-point extension, and router port long span performance.

The module's signal regeneration capability also makes it an ideal solution for 10-GbE and OC192/STM64 reach extension and line regeneration applications in metro and regional networks, enabling 70% cost reduction compared to core DWDM or SONET/SDH platforms, claims the company. Distances can be enhanced even further with BTI's family of terminal and line amplifiers.

More in DWDM & ROADM