ZTE Corporation, the telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices provider, has launched the world’s first flexible reconfigurable terabit router to enable customers to build highest-performance broadband networks.
The terabit router supports the deployment of multiple line cards with processing capability of from 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) to one terabit per second (Tbps), and modules that offer scalable throughput of from 200Gbps to 18Tbps.
To enable convenient installation in a wide variety of environments, the flexible interfaces and loose-coupled component design of the router allow customers to configure networks that are customised for their needs, promoting adaptability, consistency and continuity.
According to the company, the superior performance of the terabit router is built on two proprietary ZTE technology solutions: cloud routing and intelligent system resource scheduling.
Cloud routing builds a system control plane based on distributed modular technology to ensure efficient network resource utilisation, offering network scalability and support for simultaneous deployment of multiple transmission protocols.
Intelligent system resource scheduling enables physical and logic system resource sharing and flexible scheduling to ensure automatic matching of system load and resource allocation, driving superior power-consumption performance of 0.8W/Gbps.
“Globally, it is becoming more important to deliver excellent value to customers, and help them achieve sustainable development of their businesses,” said Xu Ming, general manager of ZTE’s bearer network product division.
He continued: “The flexible reconfigurable terabit router offers industry-leading routing performance, and can drive improved efficiency and extend equipment life-span. The high flexibility and configurability of the router offers unprecedented scalability, and supports a wide range of service provisions as the network evolves.”
The router uses ZTE’s self-developed chipset to achieve increased stability and scalability of the system architecture, with the increased system integration helping to improve energy consumption.
With an open and programmable framework including software-defined networking (SDN), the router enables more modular network architecture with network virtualisation functions to closely integrate service development with network development for the development of more competitive next-generation networks.
Broadband bearer networks are regarded as key strategic assets in many countries. In August 2013, China’s State Council outlined the “Broadband China” plan, mapping out development objectives for the future. ZTE’s flexible reconfigurable terabit router helps align operators with the requirements of the “Broadband China” plan.