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Press Release -- August 17th, 2012
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks optical communications certified by US government

Washington, D.C., USA – August 17, 2012

Scalable optical networking technology enables increased bandwidth on existing fiber

Nokia Siemens Networks’ optical technology has been accorded Approved Product List (APL) status by the US government’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The certification, awarded in June 2012, allows the Department of Defense (DoD) to purchase and deploy the company’s optical technology, a Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network based on its hiT7300* platform.

This high capacity (100G) DWDM transmission system allows up to 96 optical channels on a single fiber, with each channel carrying data at 100 gigabits per second. This gives a total capacity of up to 9.6 terabits per second per fiber.

This transmission system from Nokia Siemens Networks cost efficiently supports bandwidth-hungry multimedia applications in multi-haul networks. This technology will enable the DoD to transition to next generation transmission protocols beyond Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET) and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM).

“This US approval is testimony to our optical technology’s capabilities,” said Bob Fennelly, head of the US government and public safety customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. “With the need to access advanced applications across its defense bases, the DoD’s bandwidth requirement has increased exponentially. Nokia Siemens Networks hiT7300 platform is scalable and able to support the DoD’s current and future demand for bandwidth.”

Nokia Siemens Networks’ approved optical networking equipment is based on its hiT7300 platform that uses coherent CP-QPSK** technology. This is part of the company’s Liquid Transport architecture that can implement coherent transmission and advanced switching across existing network infrastructures. This robust, coherent format allows a rapid, cost-effective transition to 100G line speeds and enables lower latency (less delay) in data transmission.

Approved Product List status is granted by DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command organization. Its remit includes testing equipment against DoD required functionality, interoperability and security for communications systems. The test process is rigorous and comprehensive, typically taking months to complete the multiple areas of test and evaluation.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 150 countries and had net sales of over 14 billion euros in 2011.

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*Nokia Siemens Networks’ Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) is part of its Liquid Transport architecture. It comprises hiT7300 and the TransNet DWDM planning tool to provide a cost-optimized, flexible and automated platform, thereby offering a viable answer to excessive traffic demand, reconfiguration and cost pressure issues. The design principle of the DWDM platform (hiT7300) is based on performance and flexibility, creating a single platform from metro to core. It also provides network operators with a new level of simplicity for commissioning and maintaining DWDM systems, driving down complexity while providing complete administrator control. Nokia Siemens Networks’ TransNet end-to-end planning tool provides optimal network design, guaranteed performance and automated configuration, resulting in significant Operational Expenditure (OPEX) savings as well as reduced outage time and procedural errors, along with an exceptionally low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

With over 110 DWDM customers around the world, Nokia Siemens Networks provides a migration path to terabit optical transport. It also provides scaling capacity for channels of 10/40/100 Gbps, with its platform being open to 400Gbps and even more.

** Coherent Polarization Multiplexed Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (CP-QPSK) is a modulation format that uses coherent transmission technology. In new deployments, operators can even avoid the use of dispersion compensating modules (DCM), leading to low-latency connections, simplified amplifier design and overall reductions in deployment costs and footprint. This also reduces the operational expenditure and speeds up service delivery. In existing networks, its robustness allows using the existing network infrastructure, thereby protecting operators’ investments.

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