Ericsson touts new optical packet transport platform

NOVEMBER 19, 2008 -- SPT 2700 offers high-speed, high-capacity packet transport via a 320G packet switch (scalable to 800G), transport of legacy TDM traffic via a 120G SDH switch, and optical scalability via integrated OTN switch and DWDM ROADM with wavelength selective switch technology, say company representatives.

NOVEMBER 19, 2008 -- Ericsson (search for Ericsson) today announced the launch of its SPT 2700, which it claims is an energy-lean, cost-efficient optical packet transport product that will enable operators to more effectively address growing demand for consumer and business broadband services. SPT 2700 will support operators as they transform their transport networks for new bandwidth-hungry services like high-definition IPTV and fixed-mobile network convergence, says the company.Â
 
To meet new broadband market demands, operators must be able to smoothly migrate their networks from the current voice-centric multiplexing to efficient packet transport. As such, there is a need for a new product platform that handles traditional services while also being optimized for future services.
 
The primary role of the optical transport network is to support the myriad of new high-bandwidth applications in as seamless a way as possible. However, its greatest value is in doing so at the lowest cost per transported bit, and lowest total cost of ownership. Maintaining quality of experience for end users during the network transformation is a natural advantage, while maximizing the return on existing investments for the operator. Optical packet transport devices need to be highly scalable, supporting operators in addressing future transport needs, and integrated WDM technology provides that in the most effective way. In the SPT 2700, all this comes with extremely low power consumption, enabling more sustainable networking, contends the company.
 
A highly flexible, carrier-class product, SPT 2700 provides the foundation for ultra-high capacity and maximizes the return of investment in current networks, claim Ericsson representatives. SPT 2700 extends network scalability and, in a single unit, handles several technologies, including WDM, TDM, and packet switching, including the new MPLS-TP standard.

SPT 2700 offers high-speed, high-capacity packet transport via a 320G packet switch (scalable to 800G), transport of legacy TDM traffic via a 120G SDH switch, and optical scalability via integrated OTN switch and DWDM ROADM with wavelength selective switch (WSS) technology.
 
"SPT 2700 is a perfect complement to our existing optical transport and Redback portfolio," reports Andrea Spaccapietra, head of broadband networks at Ericsson. "This launch, following our demonstration of 100-GbE transport technology in October, also highlights Ericsson's technology leadership in the new optical arena."
 
SPT 2700 will be commercially available from Q1 2009, with further feature upgrades scheduled for the second half of 2009. SPT 2700 is complemented by Ericsson's ServiceOn Optical OSS platform.
 
 
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