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Coriant Extends 8600 Smart Router Series to Prepare for 5G Evolution

By Rory Lidstone February 10, 2016

Global supplier of SDN-enabled transport networking solutions Coriant knows that 5G is coming and that much of the preparation for this will fall to the mobile backhaul network. As such, the company is building upon the robust capabilities of its next generation 8600 Smart Router Series, making it a converged IP-Optical solution built specifically for mobile backhaul evolution.

In other words, the 8600 Series is not only able to help mobile operators cost efficiently build and scale LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks today, it can also meet the key challenges of 5G going forward. This is thanks to combining Coriant’s proven IP/MPLS routing platform with optical layer capabilities for an enhanced multi-layer solution.

In addition, the Coriant IP-Optical Mobile Backhaul Solution offers savings potential in terms of capital and operating expenditures of 40 to 60 percent in LTE/LTE-A applications, with potential for more savings over time. Seeing as how the Coriant 8600 Smart Router Series—which includes the 8665, 8615, and 8602—is already widely deployed in Tier 1 mobile networks around the world, this is good news for many. The economic advantages of the 8600 Series include industry-leading low power consumption, superior footprint efficiencies and flexible installation options.

The Coriant IP-Optical Mobile Backhaul Solution leverages the feature-rich 8600 routing platform, alongside multi-layer SDN programmability and recent optical layer innovations from Coriant. This creates the foundation for enhanced synergies between the IP and optical networking layers. A tighter coupling of the IP and optical domains enables mobile operators to address key challenges as LTE/LTE-A networks evolve to support the performance requirements of 5G.

“Recent industry research has reinforced the critical challenge that mobile backhaul networks face as they brace for the new scalability, latency, and synchronization requirements of 5G,” said Mikko Hannula, director of Product Management at Coriant. “Optimizing the value of both the IP and optical layers with purpose-built solutions and ensuring world-class synchronization will enable network operators to scale cost-efficiently as they transform mobile backhaul networks to support a new era of mobile broadband and cloud connectivity.”

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