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September 21, 2011
With just one week to go until the Broadband InfoVision Awards in Paris, we examine the shortlist for Category 8 – Core & Metro Network Innovation and Advances.
Ericsson has reached the shortlist for its implementation of MPLS-TP functionality, in combination with its Smart Packet Optical SPO 1460 family of solutions. The Ericsson SPO 1460 family is a compact energy-efficient multi-service and packet optical transport platform which provides an ideal migration path to a fixed and mobile broadband converged network.
Together, they are designed to solve many of the challenges currently facing the transport industry by enabling an efficient managed-bandwidth service, easy management of layer 2 VPN network with transport service, a smooth upgrade of SDH voice services, and enhanced Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OAM).
Huawei has been nominated for this award for its Smart OTN@Metro solution, aimed at fixed and mobile carriers, and designed to help them solve a number of challenges in their metro transport network, including bandwidth pressures, network reliability, and difficult maintenance. Key features of the Smart OTV@Metro solution include 100 per cent bandwidth utilisation, a more robust and reliable network, and universal management.
Nokia Siemens Networks has been shortlisted for this award for its Open Core System, a suite of products which together comprise an end-to-end core network compatible with open standards, enabled by the Nokia Siemens Networks Open Core Applications and Software Architecture. All the common components of a core network can be installed and scaled up using open-standard, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) hardware.
The Open Core System software is based on the open source Linux operating system and is hardware-agnostic, due to the use of a virtualisation infrastructure between the operating systems and the hardware, which enables the same software to run on both legacy equipment and the latest state-of-the-art platforms, and offers flexibility and scalability as networks change and grow, as well as providing economies of scale for new applications.
ZTE‘s End-to-End Seamless OTN Transport Solution (iOTN) is designed to help operators build an end-to-end, seamless OTN-transport platform. The iOTN solution combines WDM transport, ROADMs, OTN switching, centralised-carrier Ethernet switching, control plane and OAM across the network into a single, converged platform.
The solution provides an end-to-end transport platform from network edge to backbone, supporting smooth upgrades from 10Gbps to 40Gbps and 100Gbps. ZTE’s 100Gbps system employs PM-QPSK with coherent detection and has been used successfully for a 1,200km demonstration for Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica.
The Broadband InfoVision Awards will be held in Paris on September 27th during a Gala Dinner Presentation aboard a river cruise on the Seine, travelling through the heart of the French capital. For more information and to register, please click here
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