ECI Telecom and Civcom intro 10-Gbit/sec widely tunable transponder

May 25, 2006 Petah Tikva, Israel -- ECI Telecom and Civcom today announced what they claim is the world's first compact 10-Gbit/sec widely tunable transponder designed to bring significant cost and performance benefits to both metro and long haul reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexed (ROADM) networks.

May 25th, 2006

May 25, 2006 Petah Tikva, Israel -- ECI Telecom and Civcom today announced what they claim is the world's first compact 10-Gbit/sec widely tunable transponder designed to bring significant cost and performance benefits to both metro and long haul reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexed (ROADM) networks.

With the proliferation of triple play and business data applications, carriers can build their Optical Transport Networks (OTN) while saving spare-part costs and reducing total cost of ownership. The new transponder provides a new class of convenience and price points, delivering more network functionality for optical networks, say the companies.

Developed by Civcom and ECI, the full C-band widely tunable transponder cuts the total cost of ownership by reducing the number of transponder spare parts needed from 40/80 to one, as a single transponder can replace any working transponder in the commonly used ITU-T grid, say ECI representatives. It also remotely selects and changes the actual wavelength, and when combined with ECI's ROADMs, it easily provisions new wavelengths and enables the rerouting of existing ones for services such as traffic balancing and restoration.

Typically, WDM vendors offer widely tunable lasers only for long haul systems while the metro systems are limited to tunable lasers of up to 4/8 wavelengths. The compact size of the new module makes it ideal for metro networks, where compact size, modularity, and cost effectiveness are key, notes ECI.

Designed for ECI's XDM All Range WDM/ROADM system and part of ECI's OTN offering, the compact transponder plugs into the XDM universal traffic card. This card is used for all transponder and combiner applications for both metro and long haul networks.

"This innovative solution demonstrates our technological development efforts to significantly reduce inventory costs and enables customers to remotely configure traffic in both metro and long haul networks," explains Eyal Shaked, executive vice president and general manager of ECI Telecom's Optical Networks Division. "We are already receiving orders in large numbers and the feedback from our customers is extremely positive. This is an important step in ECI's approach for one system to cover access to core next-generation WDM/OTN networks."

The Free-Light Compact Tunable Transponder (CTT) is a long reach, 80-km, 40-/80-channel widely tunable transponder specially designed and manufactured by Civcom according to ECI's line card specifications. The transponder provides the ability to tune wavelengths through a single card and simplify network structure.

"We are very pleased to partner with ECI to deliver this exciting new product," adds Yair Itzhar, vice president of sales and marketing at Civcom. "This cooperation launched a new relationship between Civcom and ECI, stimulating new products and delivering great new choices for customers who want to technologically upgrade their optical networks while keeping within budget and footprint constraints."

The 10-Gbit/sec widely tunable transponder is available today and complements the XDM's existing compact 2.5-Gbit/sec widely tunable transponder, which has been available since 2002 and also targets both metro and long haul networks.

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