Compass-EOS names NTT Communications as first router customer

“Silicon-to-photonics” based router startup Compass-EOS says that NTT Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., will deploy its r10004 core-grade modular routers in NTT Communications' transpacific network.

“Silicon-to-photonics” based router startup Compass-EOS says that NTT Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., will deploy its r10004 core-grade modular routers in NTT Communications' transpacific fiber-optic network.

The routers, the first in a planned family of platforms, leverage Compass-EOS’s work in optical chip-to-chip interconnection. The company says it has been able to integrate electrical and optical capabilities into a single microchip. The technology supports high capacity with a footprint and power consumption much smaller than routers built with conventional interconnect technology, Compass-EOS asserts. It also opens the door for support of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), the company adds.

This is Compass-EOS’s first announced customer, although it did reference a “Japan-based voice, Internet, and cable provider that uses the routers at the termination points of its transpacific high-capacity network” as a customer when it unveiled the r10004 router March 12. It also says a “US-based media and technology company” has deployed the router as well.

“We chose Compass-EOS routers to be used at the termination points of our transpacific high-capacity network, providing a vital link between North America and APAC,” said Dorian Kim, vice president of IP engineering at NTT Communications. “The high bandwidth and low power consumption, together with the modularity of the Compass-EOS router family fit well with our future vision and plans."

“We are thrilled to have NTT Communications among the first production users of our r10004 routers,” said Gadi Bahat, CEO of Compass-EOS. “We look forward to working with them on their implementation in building simple, innovative networks that deliver better services to their customers.”

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