Ekinops unveils compact Ekinops360 ETSc OTN platform

Feb. 8, 2022
The Ekinops360 ETSc is designed to provide full OTN switch capability that scales from 100 Gbps to 6 Tbps for network nodes from access to the core.

Ekinops (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI) says it has expanded its optical communications systems portfolio with the Ekinops360 ETSc, a compact Optical Transport Network (OTN) platform. The ETSc enables a Transport-as-a-Service (TaaS) model for service providers, the company asserts.

The Ekinops360 ETSc is designed to provide full OTN switch capability that scales from 100 Gbps to 6 Tbps for network nodes from access to the core. The ETSc can be used for new and existing infrastructure deployments as well as for service delivery, Ekinops adds. Available in low-power configurations as small as 1RU, the system also can be used as CPE for Layer 1 services. The platform can be managed by Celestis NMS, Ekinops' converged network management system.

Ekinops says the ETSc has already drawn the attention of a new North American Tier 1 customer; the customer is performing full field validation and integration of the ETSc into an open, multi-vendor SDN-controlled environment.

Ekinops asserts that platforms such as the ETSc can enable TaaS offerings, particularly for small and medium enterprises, because of OTN’s transport efficiency and reliability. For example, OTN enables operators to match the amount of bandwidth used to the client data rate for any size service from Gigabit Ethernet (1.25 Gbps) to 400GbE via dedicated resources end-to-end and with rapid provisioning capability, Ekinops says.

"We designed the ETSc to be a flexible scalable, future-proof system using state-of-the-art technologies that can operate in open network environments," said Vincent Munière, group chief technology officer and vice president of R&D at Ekinops. "It will allow Ekinops to address new customers and applications that we couldn't with our WDM portfolio alone helping Ekinops achieve its stated goal of tripling transport revenue by the end of 2024."

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