ADTRAN targets MSPP at smart grids

DECEMBER 7, 2009 -- ADTRAN Inc. has announced an IEEE 1613-compliant version of its OPTI-6100 Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP). Components of this OPTI-6100 platform have been designed and tested to comply with the IEEE 1613, “Standard Environmental and Testing Requirements for Communications Networking Devices in Electric Power Substations” standard.

DECEMBER 7, 2009 -- ADTRAN Inc. has announced an IEEE 1613-compliant version of its OPTI-6100 Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP). Components of this OPTI-6100 platform have been designed and tested to comply with the IEEE 1613, “Standard Environmental and Testing Requirements for Communications Networking Devices in Electric Power Substations” standard, which outlines the guidelines for equipment operation in the presence of electromagnetic interference. The additional compliance validation will expand applications for the OPTI-6100 in the utility industry and allow customers to benefit from the many operational efficiencies of this platform, ADTRAN asserts.

“IEEE 1613 compliance provides utility companies with confidence that products meet stringent industry standards for electromagnetic interference and will not disrupt their network operation,” said Andrew Schmitt, directing analyst, optical, Infonetics. “Utilities represent a large percentage of non-service provider optical spending and the recent $4.5 billion in stimulus funding for smart grids will catalyze even more spending in this sector. Products like the OPTI-6100 are a good fit for the private optical backbones of the utilities and the custom hardware required by IEEE 1613 is a barrier to entry.”

“This will allow us to expand the market reach of the OPTI-6100 platform,” said Jason Morgan, director of product management, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “This certification comes as a direct result of customer requests. Already realizing the many efficiencies of the OPTI-6100, utility customers expressed a need to extend use of the platform into other areas of their network.”

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