SOURCE: Turin Networks, Inc.

June 07, 2005 06:30 ET

Carrier Ethernet Industry Leader and Pioneer Turin Networks Achieves Industry First With the Introduction of Full Ethernet Protection Switching

Next Generation Ethernet Module for the Company's Flagship Traverse™ Platform Ensures Carrier-Class Resiliency for Triple Play and Ethernet Service Delivery Applications

PETALUMA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 7, 2005 -- Turin Networks, a leading developer and supplier of multiservice transport switching platforms for telecommunications carriers worldwide, today announced the release of the first in a line of Next Generation Ethernet (NGE) Modules for the company's Traverse™ Multiservice Transport Switch. With the addition of the NGE modules, the Traverse platform becomes the first product in its class to support full facility and equipment protection for Ethernet, allowing service providers to deliver business class Ethernet services and transport IP-Video with unmatched resiliency.

"High availability is a business imperative for service providers, and the lack of protection mechanisms equivalent to those supported with TDM has been an impediment to the success of Carrier Ethernet," said Steve West, vice president of systems architecture for Turin Networks. "Turin's NGE modules break through this barrier by extending SONET/SDH's resiliency capabilities to Ethernet."

The NGE modules deliver full facility and equipment protection switching capabilities, enabling recovery both from network-level failures -- such as cable cuts -- as well as from potential hardware failures, in less than 50 milliseconds. Prior to Turin supporting this capability with the NGE modules, service providers delivering Ethernet over SONET/SDH have only been able to offer services in an unprotected mode.

In addition to comprehensive protection for packet services, the Traverse NGE modules deliver the industry's definitive Ethernet over SONET/SDH aggregation and transport solution for service providers. The Traverse NGE modules provide a full set of Ethernet over SONET/SDH (EoS) features that leverage ITU-T standards to transport Ethernet services with greater than 95% bandwidth utilization, including high-order and low-order VCAT, GFP, and LCAS. In addition, the NGE supports advanced Ethernet L2 switching and traffic management features such as powerful VLAN, and VLAN stacking, as well as prioritization and flow control mechanisms to support differentiated classes of service and carrier-class SLAs.

Turin Networks is showcasing the NGE modules at SUPERCOMM 2005 in booth #64070.

About Turin Networks

Turin Networks Inc. is a leading developer and supplier of multiservice optical transport products for telecommunications carriers. The company's flagship Traverse™ Multiservice Transport Switch unifies Ethernet switching and SONET/SDH transport capabilities, enabling more than 120 service providers worldwide to bridge the divide between current generation and next-generation optical networks. In addition to increasing transport efficiency and capacity, Turin's solutions enable seamless migration to advanced access services like Ethernet and the video-voice-data "triple play," as well as to a multiservice IP/MPLS-based core. For more information, visit or call 707.665.4400.

Turin Networks, the Turin Networks logo, Traverse, Traverse 2000, Traverse 1600, Traverse 600, TraverseEdge, TransAccess, and TransNav are trademarks of Turin Networks, Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.

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