Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ekinops Introduces a Multi-Protocol ADM Solution

Ekinops has expanded its optical transport portfolio with a multi-protocol/multi-rate ADM (add/drop multiplexing) for aggregating converged traffic in business Ethernet, triple-play, wireless backhaul, and broadband backhaul applications.

The new capability allows for many different protocols (uncompressed video, Fibre Channel, Ethernet, SONET/SDH) and many different rates (ranging from as low as 10/100 or OC-3/STM-1) to be aggregated over a single 10G wavelength from multiple sites. In addition, this capability can utilize Ekinops' high-density single fiber capability to cut infrastructure costs in half. The solution supports both ring and linear configurations.

Ekinops said that while alternative transport solutions require as much as an additional wavelength for each service type, its "DynaMux" dynamic multiplexing capability can accommodate a broad range of service types and rates, and do it all over a single wavelength to keep transport costs to a minimum. Alternative solutions without ADM capabilities require service cards to both add and drop traffic at remote sites. With the use of a multi-protocol/multi-rate drop and continue capability, Ekinops is able to reduce the hardware necessary to aggregate traffic at remote sites to a single service card.

In addition, most transport platforms rely n two fibers to transport services bi-directionally, assigning one fiber to each direction. Ekinops also allows for the option to transport in both directions over a single fiber. In addition to transporting as many as 160 10G services over two fibers, the Ekinops 360 offers the option of transporting up to 32 10G or lower-rate services over a single fiber bi-directionally. Ekinops plans to expand this capability to as many as 64 bi-directional 10G services over a single fiber using its WaveBonding 40G/100G technology.

Ekinops noted that its multi-protocol/multi-rate ADM solution has already been chosen by a European service provider.

  • Ekinops is based in Lannion, France.

  • Ekinops has previously disclosed deployments by Mediaserv in overseas French territories, UK operator NWIX, Nepal's Subisu CableNet Pvt. Ltd., FiberNet Telecom Group, Altitude Telecom, Belgacom, amongst others.

  • Ekinops' technical team is led by Jean-Luc Pamart, an FEC expert who has been awarded 7 patents in optical transmission. Before joining Ekinops, Mr. Pamart was Director of Hardware Development at Corvis-Algety in Lannion, France. Previous to that, he held various R&D positions at Alcatel within its Submarine and Terrestrial Division, and Optical Network Transmission business unit.

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