Sunday, February 6, 2005

Mahi and Mintera Announce 40 Gbps ROADM Solution

Mahi Networks, a supplier of multi-service metro transport and switching solutions, and Mintera, a supplier of 40 Gbps transport technology, announced the completion of interoperability testing that paves the way for increased DWDM capacity and performance in the metro-regional market. The companies have completed verification of the Mahi Vx7 Multi-service Core Transport System (MCTS) to support a capacity of 1.28 Tbps by leveraging 40 Gbps wavelenghts. The companies are also announcing an alliance, integrating Mintera's 40 Gbps transponder technology into the Mahi Vx7.

The development enables service providers to migrate their installed base of Mahi Vx7 systems to 40 Gbps transponders when required. No common equipment or line optics upgrades are required.
Sixteen-node Vx7 ROADM rings are supported with 40 Gbps transponders across all 32 wavelengths -- there are no new restrictions on node count, span loss, or ring circumference with the implementation of 40 Gbps capability.

The companies predict that bandwidth requirements in the metro are about to explode as telco's and MSOs rush to build out optical networks in support of triple-play services. In North America alone, multiple metro ROADM RFPs are expected to complete within the next 12 months.

  • In June 2004, Mahi announced its acquisition of Photuris, another start-up based in New Jersey. It developed an automated optical transport system for high-capacity metro and regional DWDM networks. Its platform features a “Versicolor�? capability that integrates four functions on a single optical line card: WDM demux/mux at the system input/output; fully flexible, reconfigurable OADM wavelength switching (any wavelength to any port, independent of any other wavelength); per-wavelength power balancing; and real-time per-wavelength optical power monitoring.

  • Also in June 2004, Mahi Networks closed $70 million in new funding.

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