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ECI Telecom unveils Apollo OPT 9900 Series for core networks

The Apollo 9900 series from ECI Telecom is the densest, most energy efficient, hybrid OTN/packet switch on the market today, the company claims.

ECI will introduce the Apollo OPT 9900 series, the newest addition to its Apollo optical product line, at the WDM and Next Generation Optical Networking event in Nice, France, 22-25 June, at booth #11.  

Designed for core networks and submarine cable landing stations, the Apollo OPT 9900 series is available in two versions: the OPT 9932 with a 16T hybrid OTN/packet switching fabric and the OPT 9914 with a 5.6T fabric for lower-capacity requirements.

To hold up to the test of time, the 9900 supports 100/200/400G coherent interfaces and is ready for 1T line rates, which extends the system’s lifecycle well into the next decade, ECI asserts. Multiservice client ports up to 100G are supported and high service reliability is provided via ASON/WSON GMPLS restoration. 

Boasting the lowest power consumption per bit in the industry, the 9900 series is also extremely energy efficient, the company claims.

Additional benefits include integral OSNR-based calibration for alien wavelength support, the LightSoft network management suite and the LightApps software defined networking (SDN) network and service automation suite.

In the following release, capabilities will be extended even further with the addition of packet switching to address the need for converged solutions in core networks. All input/output cards are software upgradable to support packet switching thus protecting existing investments.

Jimmy Mizrachi, ECI Telecom's executive vice president of portfolio business lines said: “The Apollo OPT 9900 series is the exciting new kid on the core switching block that everyone will want to know because it takes switching into the future. Service providers are not only looking for the best combination of resilient technology, small footprint and low power consumption, but also platforms that work seamlessly in the new world of SDN/NFV enabled networks. As part of ECI’s ELASTIC Network vision, the Apollo 9900 provides this flexibility. As an integral member of our SmartLight framework, it works with our LightApps family, via open interfaces, and in multivendor environments to come. This is a great addition to our portfolio and will serve our large existing installed base, as well as potential customers, such as large service providers in the North American market where we are focusing this year.”


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