Sunday, April 13, 2014

Huawei Debuts 5.6 Tbps Metropolitan P-OTS Platform

Huawei introduced a new WDM/OTN Packet Optical Transport System (P-OTS) that provides a 5.6 Tbps cross-connection and is designed as the foundation for intelligent, large-capacity metropolitan WDM/OTN networks.

The OptiX OSN 9800 U16 provides 14 slots, each supporting a maximum capacity of 400G. Its line side supports a rate of 100G, 400G, 1T, or 2T and a pair of optical fibers on the line side provides a capacity of over 8T.

The OptiX OSN 9800 U16 is also equipped with an industry-leading “core” that supports 5.6T universal cross-connection capacity. This core cross-connects various types of service granularities, such as OTN, VC, and packet, in real time, capable of accessing multiple types of services, such as TDM, Ethernet, video, and storage. Moreover, the OptiX OSN 9800 U16 supports Huawei's future-oriented SDN solution, which greatly simplifies O&M and provides operators with a flexible, open, and intelligent gold channel. Huawei's OptiX OSN 9800 U16 and OptiX OSN 1800 series constitute a complete metropolitan WDM solution.

Huawei said it has designed its system to make the integration of the OTN rigid channel and packet flexible channel possible. In addition, Huawei incorporates universal cross-connection and SDN technologies with P-OTS, achieving cross-layer integration. In this integration, Layer 0 serves as the optical physical layer, Layer 1 as the optical transport layer, and Layer 2 as the packet layer. In addition to the large capacities inherited from OTN and WDM products, the cross-layer architecture enables the OptiX OSN 9800 U16 to effectively implement service convergence, universal cross-connections, and intelligent service management and control.
“Facing an ocean of data in metropolitan networks, transport pipes must use composite materials that incorporate multiple technologies such as ultra-high-speed WDM, universal cross-connection and SDN,” said Jack Wang, President of Huawei's Transmission Network Product Line, adding: “Only channels with large enough capacity and intelligent management capability can address these growing future requirements. Huawei’s OptiX OSN 9800 U16 and OptiX OSN 1800 series constitute a complete metropolitan WDM solution.”

Huawei also noted that it has helped construct more than two hundred, 100G WDM networks to date.

Ericsson: Services & Software Now Account for 66% of Business

Ericsson hosted its annual Shareholder's Meeting last Friday in Stockholm. Some notes from the general presentation:

  • Software and Services now account for 66% of the company's business, while hardware sales represent 34%.  The Services component was 43% of the total sales in 2013.
  • Ericsson now manages over 1 billion subscriptions on behalf of carrier customers. About 2.5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide are supported on Ericsson platforms.
  • Ericsson currently has about 114,000 employees, of which about 18,000 are in Sweden. 
  • About 64,000 of the employees are Services professionals.
  • In 2013, Ericsson recorded a 5% annual growth rated in sales (adjusted for currency).
All materials are posted online.

Digital Route's Service Control Supports Tiered Data Buckets

Digital Route, a company based in Sweden that provides mediation and data integration solutions, introduced a new Service Control solution that lets network operators support tiered pricing models.

Service Control is a pre-configured Use Case built on DigitalRoute’s MediationZone platform, which is presently used by over 270 communications service providers worldwide. It provides a service delivery and execution engine that is designed to support operators in instances where usage bundles (of voice, data, and/or next generation services) form the core of a competitive strategy.

Digital Route said a key feature of its Service Control is that tiered pricing models can be managed in simple buckets, bypassing costly changes to or even direct involvement with legacy rating and billing. The solution implements a data layer that is system and silo-agnostic.  This enables the offloading of legacy billing.