Aspen Optics launches new GBIC to 'plug and expand' fiber networks

AUGUST 7, 2008 -- The company says its carrier-class Geebic WS- G5485U/D-AO GBIC can instantly enable Bi-Directional transmission on older switch models without SFP ports from major manufactures. It turns a 1-Gbit into 2-Gbit circuit using four Aspen Optics Bi-Directional GBICs, doubling the fiber capacity to 2 Gbits by using existing fiber.

Aug 7th, 2008

AUGUST 7, 2008 -- Aspen Optics (search for Aspen Optics) is launching a Bi-Directional GBIC to "Plug and Expand" fiber networks.

The company says its carrier-class Geebic WS-G5485U/D-AO GBIC can instantly enable Bi-Directional transmission on older switch models without SFP ports from major manufactures. It turns a 1-Gbit into 2-Gbit circuit using four Aspen Optics Bi-Directional GBICs, doubling the fiber capacity to 2 Gbits by using existing fiber. The usage lifetime of switches can therefore be greatly extended, say company representatives, and there is no need to lay costly additional fiber cables.

Fiber broadband is gaining popularity, but many users have previously deployed switches with older technology GBIC ports. Geebic WS-G5485U/D-AO GBIC makes use of GBIC ports that are more abundantly available on older switch models. End users can therefore fully utilize their port resources and enjoy high-speed fiber broadband from old equipment or free-up existing circuits up to 50%, say Apsen representatives.

While some vendors in the market may recommend customers to buy new equipment when they have used up SFP ports or their switches have only GBIC ports available, Geebic WS-G5485U/D-AO GBIC can offer a more cost-effective option. Aspen says Geebic Bi-Directional transceivers help users to utilize the same optical fiber for both transmission and reception functions. This allows the network to free up bandwidth for other applications, doubling the capacity compared with single direction connectivity.

"Telecom operators especially were amazed with this product because they often have areas of their network that have been maxed-out in terms of fiber, and many of these circuits are connected utilizing 'GBIC only' equipment," reports David Whitney, managing director of Aspen Optics. "They had no idea in the past that they could expand the circuit and, most importantly, keep their old equipment at the same time. So we are very pleased with the customer feedback on this product. Customers can now enjoy increased network capacity on their fiber network and investment protection on current equipment," he notes.

Aspen Optics says the deployment of its products makes it easy and cost-effective to fulfill the rapid expansion of FTTH. While other vendors may need 4 to 6 weeks time for product delivery, Aspen Optics manages it within a couple ofdays, claim company representatives. This is crucial for timely network expansion in today's highly competitive market.


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