Lumentis releases compact 10-Gbits/sec transponder for metro and regional networks

March 10, 2003--Lumentis AB (Stockholm), a provider of optical metro platforms, now offers customers the option of 10-Gbit/sec wavelengths via a single board, single-slot 10-Gbit/sec transponder.

Mar 10th, 2003

Lumentis AB (Stockholm), a provider of optical metro platforms, now offers customers the option of 10-Gbit/sec wavelengths via a single board, single-slot 10-Gbits/sec transponder.

Now available, the transponder enables operators to offer end-to-end 10-Gbit/sec services to customers at a competitive price level and with faster service provisioning, claim company representatives.

Within a size of only 220x230x25 mm resides a fully G.709-compliant transponder for 10-Gbit/sec SDH/SONET and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) traffic. The transponder offers performance monitoring and forward-error correction (FEC) capabilities.

"In a conventional network, the network design and the installed equipment must be initially prepared for a future 10-Gbits/sec upgrade," explains Pär Johanson, director of marketing and sales at Lumentis. "This drives up the both the initial investment as well as the operational expenses. One of the key differentiators of the Lumentis network solution is that 10-Gbit/sec services can be added to an existing Lumentis network without any initial or additional costly network preparation."

Lumentis provides a service independent network solution with enhanced metro performance without using line amplifiers. Thus, all wavelengths and bit rates can be handled individually. Because line amplification is removed as a shared device and a single point of failure, the reliability of the network is significantly increased, says the company. When adding 10-Gbit/sec services, there is no need for the network to be re-tuned to ensure that all amplifiers have the correct characteristics to cope with the new services and to ensure that proper power balancing is maintained between all wavelengths.

If a new 10-Gbit/sec service requires an amplifier to bridge a distance, Lumentis can simply add a low-cost amplifier to that wavelength before and/or after it is dropped or added from the line fiber. The company calls this "off-line amplification."

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