Targeting the rural mobile backhaul challenges faced by service
a leading supplier of next-generation optical transport solutions, is
introducing a cost-effective, long-reach optical solution. It offers
high backhaul capacity while requiring minimum space and minimum power,
with the ability to operate in extreme temperatures and harsh
"Remote cell sites rarely have the amenities of urban and metro sites,
but they still must support 3G and 4G services," said François Xavier
Ollivier, Chief Operating Officer of Ekinops. "Space, power, and
cooling/heating are particular challenges, so it is critical for service
providers to have access to transport solutions that can function in
these tough environments and make the best use of limited space."
That is the approach Ekinops is taking with its rural backhaul
solutions, built around the capabilities of its Ekinops 360
multi-purpose transport system. They address the issue of space
constraints by maximizing the performance and capacity in either a 1RU
or 2RU system. They operate with -48V DC or +24V AC power feeds and
consume very little power, or even no power in situations where sites
require only a passive solution.
The Ekinops equipment is also certified for Extended Temperature Range
(ETR) operations from -40 to +65 degrees Celsius, or -40 to 149 degrees
Fahrenheit. The Ekinops 360 ETR products that have already been depoyed
in large quantities include the 2RU C200 chassis, management, optical
amplifiers and supervision modules, add-drop multiplexers, and
dispersion compensation modules.
"Rural markets are helping drive the growth in mobile data and voice
traffic, but because of the economics in these areas, it is essential
that service providers find cost-effective solutions," said Ollivier.
"Very few equipment vendors provide what it takes, such as ETR products
that can be deployed deeper into the rural network, where backhaul is
complicated by distance, limited facilities, extreme temperatures, and
other operational issues."
Ekinops has designed the backhaul solution to support a range of
architectures, from hub-and-spoke to ring, tree, mesh, or a combination.
The same solution can also be leveraged to support other new or existing
applications, such as backhauling residential and commercial traffic and
high-capacity enterprise services. Like all Ekinops products, it is
built around the T-Chip
(Transport-on-a-Chip) technology, with multiple functions and features
combined onto a single programmable chip, reducing power needs while
improving performance. The Ekinops 360 is 100G capable, so it is a
long-term solution as capacity needs continue to grow.
In areas where there is a great distance between cell sites, Ekinops'
backhaul solution features DynaFEC®,
dynamic forward error correction technology, eliminating transmission
errors and the need for signal regeneration facilities. In addition,
Ekinops offers design, planning, and deployment services to insure
optimal performance and minimize the need for technician trips to the
Ekinops (NYSE Euronext: EKI) is a leading supplier of next generation
optical transport equipment for telecommunications service providers.
The Ekinops 360 addresses Metro, Regional, and Long-Haul applications
with a single, highly-integrated platform. Ekinops is a market-leading
innovator in 100G transport with a coherent line of products that truly
optimizes optical networks and comes in 1RU, 2RU or 7RU chassis. The
Ekinops 360 relies on the highly-programmable Ekinops T-Chip®
(Transport-on-a-Chip) architecture that enables fast, flexible and
cost-effective delivery of new services for high-speed, high-capacity
transport. Using the Ekinops 360 carrier-grade system, operators can
simply increase capacity of their networks - CWDM, DWDM, Ethernet,
ESCON, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, and uncompressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI,
ASI). Ekinops is headquartered in Lannion, France, and Ekinops Corp., a
wholly-owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA.
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