SOURCE: Optelian


October 20, 2009 09:00 ET

Optelian Adds Layer 2 Ethernet Switching Capability; Introducing GbE Ethernet Muxponder at SUPERCOMM 2009

OTTAWA and MARIETTA, GA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2009) - Optelian, a trusted designer and manufacturer of optical transport systems, today announced the availability of the MPX-81-EX gigabit Ethernet muxponder for aggregation and switching applications.

"Because of its flexibility, this is a very useful card for a wide variety of Ethernet applications over optical transport networks," said Dave Mills, VP Sales for Optelian. "Not only does it optimize bandwidth, but it also provides carrier-grade support of Ethernet LAN, WAN, E-LAN and E-Line type services."

The MPX-81-EX has eight GbE client ports, and two 10 GbE line LAN/WAN ports. Client ports utilize SFP transceivers, and line ports use XFP transceivers, allowing the unit to interface with a wide variety of equipment and network configurations including CWDM or DWDM systems for even higher fiber utilization. This unit joins the MPX-3GOTN (four 2.5 Gb/s signals into one 10 Gb/s OTU-2 signal) in the LightGAIN muxponder product line.

The MPX-81-EX can serve as a simple eight GbE to one 10 GbE muxponder to free-up fiber or wavelengths for other services. It can also serve as an Ethernet switch with Provider Bridge VLAN capability. The two 10 GbE interfaces can be set independently to LAN or WAN interfaces allowing the device to act as a LAN to WAN PHY converter for transporting 10 GbE LAN signals over SONET networks. Standard Ethernet features such as Rapid Spanning Tree, support for jumbo packets, and performance monitoring statistics are included.

With the addition of the MPX-81-EX, Optelian's LightGAIN system now provides a fully integrated Layer 1 and 2 system in a reliable, small footprint, low-power consumption package. It will be particularly useful for conserving fiber on mobile backhaul and IPTV/triple play applications, as well as allowing service providers to offer additional Ethernet services over their networks.

Optelian will be displaying its products, including the MPX-81-EX, in booth 2820 during SUPERCOMM 2009 at McCormick Place in Chicago, October 21-23, 2009.

About Optelian

Optelian, a trusted designer and manufacturer of optical transport systems, serves some of the world's largest network operators. With more than 200 customers and over 80,000 wavelengths installed, the company is known industry-wide for its exceptional product quality, speed of delivery, superior customer support and custom-design capabilities. Since 2002, Optelian's portfolio of optical solutions has enabled telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility and enterprise customers to expand their fiber capacity so they can increase revenue, cost-effectiveness and efficiency. The company's Sales and Marketing and Service operations are located in Marietta, Georgia, with in-house development and manufacturing based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit

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