ADTRAN unveils Ethernet for mobile backhaul

APRIL 1, 2009 -- ADTRAN Inc. has enhanced its OPTI-6100 Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) with the addition of Advanced Ethernet Modules to address growing Ethernet demand for mobile backhaul applications.

APRIL 1, 2009 -- ADTRAN Inc. (search Lightwave for ADTRAN) has enhanced its OPTI-6100 Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) with the addition of Advanced Ethernet Modules to address growing Ethernet demand for mobile backhaul applications.

The capabilities the modules enable are designed to eliminate bandwidth bottlenecks often encountered with traditional backhaul networks while maintaining the resiliency and synchronization capabilities mobile operators have come to expect. ADTRAN asserts that the OPTI-6100, when combined with the Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform and the company's HDSL offerings, delivers a comprehensive portfolio addressing optical Ethernet, SONET, Ethernet over fiber, Ethernet over copper (EoCu), Ethernet over TDM (EoTDM), and T1-based backhaul options for both wireline carriers and mobile operators.

"Backhaul transport providers and mobile operators are looking for ways to cost-effectively add Ethernet to eliminate backhaul costs as they transition to mobile broadband HSPA, WiMAX, and LTE," said Michael Howard, principal analyst, Infonetics Research (search Lightwave for Infonetics). "ADTRAN's approach to Ethernet-based backhaul with the OPTI-6100 provides a quite flexible, cost-effective platform designed for service reliability and availability."

The OPTI-6100 is a purpose-built platform for next-generation, fiber-based mobile backhaul applications. The Advanced Ethernet Modules are designed to enable the provisioning of E-LINE and E-LAN services along with service aggregation and efficient traffic management. It offers SONET/SDH resiliency, timing synchronization, and operations consistency while providing bandwidth-on-demand capabilities.

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