Transmode extends Multi-Service Muxponder technology to 10G for high-capacity Mobile Backhaul and NGN Services

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Transmode, a leading provider of optical networking solutions, today announced the launch of its next generation 10G Multi-Service Muxponder targeted for Mobile Backhaul and other Next Generation Network (NGN) migration applications.

The new 10G Multi-Service Muxponder (MS-MXP/10G) is ideally suited to both mobile backhaul applications and NGN migration projects within fixed networks where both legacy TDM traffic is required in parallel with Ethernet traffic. The MS-MXP/10G allows operators to economically and flexibly transport multiple services on the same 10G wavelength. All services are transported totally transparently, including network synchronization, which simplifies the network structure and OAM procedures.

The MS-MXP/10G extends Transmode's existing and widely deployed Intelligent WDM (iWDM(TM) ) Multi-Service technology to 10 Gbit/s of capacity and is part of Transmode's successful TM-Series. The Multi-Service technology is used in Transmode's recently announced Multi-Service Mobile Backhaul Solution for E1/T1 and Ethernet traffic and the existing 4G Multi-Service Muxponder for SDH/SONET, Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic.

For high capacity mobile backhaul applications in particular, the MS-MXP/10G's support for the Synchronous Ethernet standards and the transparent transport of the Timing-over-Packet standards allows the operator complete flexibility as they migrate to Ethernet transport for HSPA data offload, LTE and 4G backhaul.

Available in December 2009 as part of the TM-Series Release 14 and already committed to customer trials, the MS-MXP/10G supports a mix of SDH/SONET, Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic plus the output of lower speed 2.5G and 4G Transmode Muxponders. The plug-in unit has 10 SFP-based client ports and duplicated 10G XFP-based line ports allowing optional line protection. The line signal is coded with Forward Error Correction (FEC) to provide transmission performance in metro, regional and long haul applications. The MS-MXP/10G is also available in a version with a fixed/tunable interface, a higher grade line coding, Enhanced FEC (EFEC) and a high performance receiver for longer reach (1000+ km) applications.

Release 14 also includes new DWDM tunable XFPs enabling the XFP-based MS-MXP/10G and all other XFP-based Transmode 10G plug in units to support tunable functionality across 80 DWDM wavelengths.

While the plug-in units are fundamentally Layer 1 Muxponders, they also support Layer 2 Awareness features on Ethernet client ports, such as Ethernet utilization reporting and the injection/extraction of management VLANs to enable management of remote VLAN managed devices, such as Transmode's CPE Ethernet Demarcation or Ethernet Muxponders (EMXP) units.

"These two new Multi-Service Muxponders are important additions to the TM-Series and are ideally suited to mobile backhaul and NGN migration applications due to their hybrid transport capabilities," said Sten Nordell, Transmode's Chief Technology Officer. "Both applications require support for legacy TDM traffic while allowing the operator to simply add lower cost Ethernet capacity to hit the cost levels required to provide attractive and still profitable services to their end customers. Networks can now be architected for growth in Ethernet and IP traffic while simply transporting the legacy traffic in a hybrid manner without requiring packetization of the legacy traffic with the associated costs and OAM complications this involves."

In addition to the two variants of the MS-MXP/10G and support for tunable XFPs in all 10G plug-in units, Release 14 includes numerous TM-Series updates including a new OTU-2 OTN Transponder and the recently announced Multi-Service Mobile Backhaul Solution.
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