Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ericsson Expands Packet + Optical Transport Portfolio

Ericsson has expanded its OMS 1400 converged transport (packet + optical) portfolio with a new, higher capacity platform offering up to 320 Gbps of switching performance. The OMS series features a dual TDM and Ethernet switching architecture that enables operators to evolve their current TDM networks to high capacity and lower cost packet-based networks. The OMS is specifically optimized for the metro packet transport. Significantly, the platform supports WDM and next gen standards for OTN and MPLS-TP architecture. Ericsson will also support new Ethernet Ring Protection (ERP).

Ericsson's OMS 1400 products can be configured for pure TDM, pure Ethernet optical transport or a combination or the two. This enables carriers to migrate off their legacy networks. The Ethernet Layer 2 switch is based on the latest IEEE standards for Provider Bridging (PB) supporting E-Line, E-LAN and E-Tree services (MEF 9 and 14 certified).

The OMS 1460, which will be commercially available within a year, is an 8RU chassis with 16-slots. It joins the existing 2RU OMS 1410, which was launched over a year ago, and which offers 6-slots. They share a common set of interchangeable traffic modules, including 10/100 Ethernet, 1GE, 10Gb Ethernet and native TDM interfaces E1, T1, E3, T3, OC-3 and STM-1/4/16. The larger OMS 1460 additionally supports STM-64 all with SFP/XFP based interfaces. The OMS 1460 provides enhanced support for 10GE client traffic with the 2x10GE traffic module
enabling up to 32 10GE ports per OMS 1460 shelf.

"Just as mobility and the Internet are converging at a rapid rate, so will packet and optical networks," said Vinai Sirkay, Head of Product Line Optical & Metro at Ericsson. "We are putting forth a pragmatic approach to packet transport by introducing a scalable and flexible family of products capable of adapting to different applications. The OMS 1460 will play a transformational role in allowing operators to meet the growing demand for consumer and business broadband services while simplifying operations and lowering costs.