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Press Release -- December 5th, 2011
Source: ADTRAN
Tags: 40G, DWDM, Equipment, Ethernet, Expansion, Video, Wavelength

ADTRAN Flexes Agile Photonic Capabilities to Expand the Optical Networking Edge

Integrated Multi-Service Delivery and Packet Optical Transport with New Mini-ROADM and OTN Networking reduces network complexity and accelerates time-to-revenue
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) —

ADTRAN(R), Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN, news, filings), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced a significant expansion of its Optical Networking Edge (ONE) portfolio that enables service providers to dramatically simplify service delivery and network operations, as well as accelerate time-to-revenue. These new ONE capabilities provide agile photonics and enhanced service delivery with the introduction of a right-sized, compact Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (mini-ROADM) system-on-a-blade, multi-service Optical Transport Network (OTN,ITU-T G.709) Switchponder, and tunable pluggable optics. These advancements provide operators with a flexible and efficient network architecture, improving their market responsiveness to ever-changing service and network requirements driven by traffic growth and the transition from circuit to packet services.

“Operators require flexible optical networking and service capabilities that are not only technically feasible but also economically feasible,” said Sterling Perrin, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. “ADTRAN is targeting these critical economics requirements with a packet-optical transport system that is purpose built for access, edge and mobile backhaul applications.”

Integrated into ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000, ONE enables a unique convergence of residential, business and mobile backhaul services delivery with right-sized packet optical transport. Some specific benefits of these newly-announced packet optical capabilities include:

  • Expedited service delivery and transport network installation and upgrade through simplified remote provisioning and performance monitoring tools, rather than truck rolls;
  • Reduced network complexity, space and power needs when compared to alternative ROADM architectures that typically require a multi-blade implementation and a separate service delivery platform. ADTRAN’s mini-ROADM delivers system-on-a-blade including Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS), EDFA amplifiers, optical monitoring and auto power balancing;
  • Increased access, aggregation and transport service capacity on demand up to 44 10G DWDM channels with total capacity of 440G, scalable to 88 channels (880G); and
  • Improved network flexibility and simplified mixed-service delivery with integrated OTN networking which enables service providers to extend OTN aggregation and scalability to the network edge.
    • ADTRAN’s OTN Switchponder is a multi-service unit that integrates OTN switch with DWDM transponder on a single card. It provides remotely configurable any-service to any-port operation. It delivers OTN mapping, switching, aggregation and transport capabilities, allowing operators to transport simultaneously SONET/SDH, Ethernet or other services such as Fibre Channel.

“It has been our strategy from the outset to provide the market with a merged multi-service access, aggregation and packet optical transport solution that enables higher network efficiency, lower costs and faster time-to-revenue,” said Mano Nachum, packet optical networking product line manager, ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. “The introduction of our mini-ROADM system-on-a-blade and OTN Switchponder, paired with the multi-layer services management, allow service providers to realize the benefits of agile photonics and OTN multi-service delivery.”


ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment, with a portfolio of more than 1,700 solutions. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide.

For more information, contact the company at 800 9ADTRAN (800 923-8726) or via e-mail at On the Web, visit


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