Nortel introduces IP services platform

Nortel Networks said yesterday that it will begin to offer a platform to provide Internet Protocol (IP) services over fiber optic networks.

"This type of platform allows the bandwidth and speed for ASPs (application service providers)," Marie Hattar, Nortel Networks director of product management said.

The IP/Optical Services platform combines Gigabit Ethernet with individualized IP services to the client level. Nortel Networks will provide a platform to provide IP services, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), network-based firewalls, content management and distribution technology, Hattar said.

Nortel Networks' new platform consists of Nortel Networks OPTera fiber optic transport portfolio and the Nortel Networks Shasta 5000 Broadband Service Node.

It will use the OPTera Packet Edge System for end-to-end Ethernet technology on both the OPTera Metro Multiservice Platform and the Shasta 5000 BSN. The new platform can be managed via Nortel Networks Preside services and network management.

Hattar said the OPTera Metro platform is an optical switch that aggregates various types of protocols, such as Ethernet, T1 or T3, Synchronous Optical Network (SONET), and then grooms traffic so it is ready for transport over metropolitan fiber optical networks.

Nortel Networks will demonstrate the IP/Optical Services platform August 28 - 30 at the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference in Denver. Customer trials are expected to begin at the end of September and first customer shipments will occur in December, the company said.

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