Monday, June 13, 2005

Fujitsu Enhances its FLASHWAVE 4020 Ethernet Service Platform

Fujitsu Network Communications announced an upgrade to its multiservice FLASHWAVE 4020 Ethernet Service Platform (ESP) to support Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) interfaces. New SFP-based OC-3 and OC-12 base unit shelves are now available, and each can be equipped with matching-rate SFP modules to support Long Reach (LR), Intermediate Reach (IR) and Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) requirements for converged access networks. Since these SFP modules can be easily interchanged, networks can be upgraded and maintained more conveniently than with traditional optic modules, resulting in substantial OPEX savings.

For CWDM applications, up to eight separate OC-3 or OC-12 SONET signals can be transported over a single fiber pair, offering an 8x increase in the capacity of existing optical access networks. Individual SFP-based optics for the FLASHWAVE 4020 ESP support wavelengths that are compatible with the standard ITU G.694.2 CWDM grid to allow full interoperability with standards-based CWDM equipment. This capability allows the FLASHWAVE 4020 ESP to be connected to commercially available CWDM passive couplers such as the FLASHWAVE 7120 optical extension system or FLASHWAVE 7410 CWDM access system. The FLASHWAVE 4020 ESP can also utilize commercially available aerial mount CWDM couplers to support easy connections to MSO master headends and primary/secondary hubs.

The FLASHWAVE 4020 ESP supports both seven DS1 and four 10/100Base-T Ethernet services over a protected or unprotected OC-3 or OC-12 SONET network interface.

  • Last week at SUPERCOMM, Fujitsu announced a series of enhancements to its FLASHWAVE 4100 Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP), enabling carriers to offer traditional private line services, advanced Ethernet services that are enhanced with Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) efficiency, and storage services in a single SONET platform that can scale from OC-3 to OC-48. With this release, SONET, RPR, Generic Framing Procedure (GFP), Virtual Concatenation (VCAT), and Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS) capabilities have been converged on the FLASHWAVE 4100 MSPP. Storage Area Networking (SAN) services using the new Fibre Channel/FICON interfaces allow carriers to capitalize on the proven reliability of SONET and offer full bandwidth for disaster recovery, storage consolidation, and remote mirroring initiatives. New OC-n line and service interfaces include support for Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) technology, which minimizes sparing requirements and defers capital expenses. The optional Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) interfaces will allow multiple SONET networks to share a single pair of fibers and further reduce deployment costs. A new quad-port OC-3 service unit and enhanced OC-12 line unit offer improved platform density.

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