Tropic Networks Inc.

Tropic Networks Inc.

June 05, 2006 08:00 ET

Tropic Networks to Unveil Integrated Strategy to Drive Down Network Transport Costs

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(CCNMatthews - June 5, 2006) - Tropic Networks®, the developer of Wavelength Tracker™ powered metro regional DWDM systems, unveiled its IP over DWDM, (Dense Wavelength- Division Multiplexing) strategy at GlobalComm in Chicago today.

As the added complexity of high bandwidth video delivery is converged with the more traditional voice and data demands, service providers are having to succeed with fewer personnel to manage networks without increasing capital expenditures.

IP over DWDM is the most cost effective architecture for managing this challenge by leveraging a strategic integration between the switch/routers and the DWDM transport layer. The Tropic Networks solution allows third party transponders to be launched directly from the switch/router into the DWDM layer together with the associated optical management and power control that Wavelength Tracker delivers.

"The strategy of launching DWDM directly from client platforms to reduce cost has been available for years in proprietary, single vendor SONET/SDH solutions, We now see the opportunity for an open architecture, multi-vendor paradigm with the focus on high-bandwidth IP service delivery. As more of the leading switch/router vendors are integrating DWDM interfaces onto their platforms we will see this strategy accelerate within our customer base. We have demonstrated, tested and deployed this IP over DWDM solution using a number of different routers that support DWDM optics, as well as having proven out our multi-vendor 40G DWDM suppor" said Ben Bacque, VP R&D at Tropic. "One of our key aims at Tropic was to ensure our architecture, and technology supported a variety of client equipment rather than forcing our customers to lock themselves into a single switch/router vendor. We have created a "neutral territory" DWDM layer by ensuring that our technology works whether we launched the light or not, and that applies all the way from the concept stage in network planning and link budgeting, right through to our ability to manage the light once deployed".

What sets Tropic Networks' IP over DWDM solution apart from the competition is its unique optical tagging technology, Wavelength Tracker™, which tags each wavelength in the DWDM layer with a unique signature that tracks, monitors and reports faults - all without requiring any additional DWDM transponders - even distinguishing between multiple instances of the same color traveling through the network. Wavelength Tracker™ allows carriers to expand their optical services without adding unnecessary cost, yet still maintaining critical management capabilities.

"This tighter integration of layer 1 with layers 2/3 is an excellent place to drive out cost from the overall solution by reducing the number of transponders required in the DWDM network. One of our clients has been running Tropic's IP over DWDM solution in their network for over two years now and they have not had a single traffic outage, which proves the absolute strength of our offer." said Rob Lane, VP Sales and Marketing for Tropic. "The cable providers have been first to adopt this solution but the telco providers are actively investigating. One objection we often hear is that departmental issues sometimes get in the way of the solution as the data and transport networks are operated by different departments. Although important, with such compelling cost economics and the need to scale bandwidth to cope with video demand we believe companies will have to look beyond their organizational boundaries in order to compete. By implementing Tropic Networks IP over DWDM solution, our clients realize an immediate reduction in both their capital costs and operating costs while not sacrificing any of the management capabilities that they need" he added.

About Tropic Networks

Tropic Networks offers a new generation of static and reconfigurable OADM/DWDM solutions to help service providers minimize costs and maximize profits. The Tropic Networks TRX-24000™ metro-regional DWDM platform integrated with patented Wavelength Tracker, advanced optical layer management technology, allows service providers to grow, simplify and manage their optical infrastructures, while leveraging existing network assets. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Tropic was founded in May 2000. The company is privately held and venture capital backed. For more information, please visit

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