AFC ships fiber mux

Advanced Fibre Communications Inc. this week announced the general availability of the TransMAX 1500, an environmentally hardened, "protocol agnostic" optical add/drop multiplexer (OADM).

Designed for outside plant cabinets, AFC's TransMAX 1500 uses Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) technology to expand the fiber capacity of local loop and metro access networks. The TransMAX 1500 can provide an up to eightfold increase in capacity, AFC claims.

The OADM provides 10G bit/sec of optical networking capacity, with rate adaptable modules that support WAN, LAN and Storage Area Network (SAN) services. The TransMAX 1500 fits within a single rack unit with a 12-inch depth.

The TransMAX 1500 is sourced from Redfern Broadband Networks under an OEM agreement, however AFC says it plans to manufacture the platform in the future. The system operates on a single fiber ring instead of two or four fiber pairs, which means carriers can add new services without replacing existing equipment or adding new fiber, AFC says.

AFC has already installed TransMAX 1500 units at Volcano Telephone Company, an independent telco in Pine Grove, CA. The product is supporting Volcano's new Switched Digital Video service over an existing OC-12 SONET ring.

AFC claims the per lambda/per node cost of TransMAX 1500 is at least 40 percent lower than the US$10,000 to $12,000 per lambda/per node cost of competitive CWDM OADMs.

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