Telco Systems unveiled its T-Metro 8001 next generation 10GE service aggregation solution today (17 June 2013). The company describes the product as a breakthrough in Carrier Ethernet and MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) service delivery for service providers and mobile operators.
The product boasts a 200GE capacity, offering double the capacity in one third the size of its closest competitor, making it the most compact, dense and cost effective 10GE service aggregation switch in the Carrier Ethernet market today.
With the evolution of mobile network technology to LTE and LTE Advanced, as well as the deployment of new cloud and business services, metro networks are now required to handle higher traffic, offer higher bandwidth to customers and support many more services, while retaining quality of experience (QoE).
The T-Metro 8001 offers the solution for these challenges while outperforming its competitors in size, density, service scalability, OAM, resiliency and assured SLAs, according to the company. It delivers license-free MPLS and Ethernet in one platform to future-proof providers’ networks and reduces the risks of transport technology selection.
With twenty (20) ports of 1/10GE in a compact 1 rack unit chassis, the T-Metro 8001 is the platform of choice to enable wide-scale Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) adoption, implementation, and service creation. With extensive, high scale, hardware-based OAM, including hardware-based Y.1731, RFC2544 and Y.1564, the product allows providers to offer real-time SLA measurement and assurance.
More capacity in a smaller form factor
Irit Gillath, director of marketing for Telco Systems, told Wireless: ‘This is a breakthrough product as it is a lot smaller than its closest rivals. It is a small device capable of providing 200GE of switching capacity by aggregating 20 x 10GE connections in one box. This changes the market as it offers something completely different from what exists now - it pushes 10G aggregation capacity to the end of the network.
‘It can connect together multiple rings with multiple cell sites in multiple areas. In terms of size and density and price per port it easily outclasses any existing competitors. It also uses a lot less power than chassis-based devices with the same capacity.’
Gillath explained that Telco Systems pushes MPLS to the edge of the network. ‘A lot of our smaller competitors don’t have the ability to fully deploy MPLS, and while some of the larger ones do offer MPLS, it is typically in a larger, more expensive product, which usually requires an additional licence fee. We sell our products with MPLS built in at no additional licence fee.’
Embedded OAM features
The T-Metro 8001 comes with enhanced embedded OAM (operation, administration and maintenance) standards and testing capabilities. ‘Embedded test heads in this product allow operators to generate packets to send to the network and back, so they can see if it delivers. They can see if there is any degradation or any breaks in the service,’ said Gillath.
‘This has become crucial for operators as they need support for all the OAM standards and real time indications of performance. We have a portal they can access to check in on how the equipment is performing,’ she continued. ‘If operators buy backhaul from wholesale providers or others, they are paying for very strict SLAs (service level agreements), so they need to know if the provider is delivering.’
Gillath added that synchronisation is also important for operators and the T-Metro 8001 supports both SyncE and IEEE 1588v2. ‘It is very important that it supports both,’ she said, ‘as operators will chose different synchronisation schemes and different backhaul providers may have to support different operators with different synchronisation schemes.’
The need for more backhaul capacity
Gillath explained why pushing 10GE to the edge of the core has become necessary in today’s networks. ‘Backhaul takes a bigger part of the financial model as you move to 4G,’ she said. ‘You need 400Mb in a typical cell site, but if you are serving several operators off the same tower you need more than 1GE. If you connect that cell with others in a ring for redundancy purpose, then you need more than 1Ge.
‘A cluster of small cells taking traffic from a heavily trafficked location needs to be aggregated and backhauled, so in that case you need more than 1GE. You might not need as much as 10GE, but you definitely need more than 1GE.
‘You need more capacity and you need to manage more services with more requirements with different SLAs,’ she continued. ‘It could be one customer with different SLAs for storage, video conferencing or VoIP, for example, but you then need to support more services and more capacity.
‘All this is pushing the 10GE need from the core right down to the cell site itself. For the operators it’s about where you locate the content so that it makes sense. One of the reasons MPLS is being pushed to the edge is because it is needed there to manage content at the edge and the load.’
Gillath noted that this 10GE market evolution is driving product evolution in three areas: demarcation – where it touches the end devices; aggregation at the edge and core edge; and in the core itself.
Telco Systems does not provide products for the core, but for Ethernet and Ethernet/MPLS edge of core and edge of network aggregation, and also demarcation and access products. These products are sold to Tier 1 and Tier 2/3 network operators, mobile backhaul providers, utilities and city carriers.
The company also provides specialist line cards and switch blades for advanced telecoms switching architecture, which are sold to EEMs and ODMs.
The T-Metro 8001 is designed to complement Telco Systems’ T-Marc demarcation line, T-Metro service aggregation line and cloud gateways, and EdgeGenie service management solution to empower service providers to deliver customer-valued services using innovative end-to-end networking solutions.