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Transmode announces PCE-based Software Defined Networking strategy


Stockholm, Sweden and Ethernet and SDN Expo, New York, USA - Transmode, a global supplier of packet-optical networking solutions, today announced the company’s evolutionary SDN strategy for packet-optical transport networks with product availability starting in December 2013.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are currently two of the most hotly discussed topics within the telecoms industry and they have the potential to bring great advantages to network operators of all sizes.

Transmode’s Chief Technology Officer, Sten Nordell, commented, “With all the industry excitement around SDN and NFV we decided to take our time before adding our voice to the many that are already preaching the virtues of this new approach to network control. This has allowed us to develop a strategy and roadmap that we believe is highly suited to SDN for transport networks and that allows our large customer base to migrate to an SDN-enabled environment in a simple and controlled step-by-step approach.”

Transmode’s SDN-enabled packet-optical networks will support fully automated multi-layer Path Computation Element (PCE) based path provisioning for all MPLS-TP, Ethernet and Layer 1 services. In addition, the solution will also support hierarchical SDN controllers and multi-vendor environments through open standardized interfaces such as OpenFlow, PCEP and MTOSI. An important additional feature of Transmode’s approach to SDN is the use of virtual router functions using NFV functionality. This gives operators the ability to support network virtualization and end-to-end path provisioning across multi-vendor/domain networks.

Sten Nordell added, “We believe the combination of the PCE based controller to control Transmode’s packet-optical network elements, the open and standardized interfaces using protocols such as OpenFlow and PCEP, and the NFV-based virtual router functions, makes a powerful transport-oriented SDN architecture. This allows our customers to take advantage of highly automated multi-layer end-to-end service provision which means lower operating costs and better network utilization.”

The first components of Transmode’s SDN controller solution, which forms part of Transmode’s Enlighten(TM) multi-layer management/control suite, becomes available in December 2013, with further capabilities to follow in later releases. All existing TM-Series nodes can migrate to the SDN environment without any hardware upgrades, allowing operators to migrate to an SDN when they want to, with simple additions to the control/management suite. For example, Transmode’s family of Layer 2 Ethernet Muxponders (EMXP) are already prepared to support the addition of the SDN-based virtual router functions. This capability allows the network to intercept external protocol messages from incoming traffic ports and then use the SDN controller to interpret and act on these messages, enabling automation of service provisioning from network to network.

For further details on Transmode’s approach to SDN-enabled packet-optical networking, then please click here.

About Transmode
Transmode is a global provider of packet-optical networking solutions that enable fixed line and mobile network operators to cost effectively address the capacity needs created by the rapid growth in video and data traffic. These solutions are important building blocks in next-generation high-speed optical networks that support services such as broadband backhaul, mobile data backhaul, video delivery services and cloud computing. Transmode’s solutions are designed to increase the capacity, flexibility and functionality of metro and regional networks and are based on Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) and transport technologies such as Ethernet. Transmode’s Native Packet Optical 2.0 architecture gives customers key advantages such as cost efficient Ethernet services, ultra-low latency, low power consumption and future proof network design.

Transmode is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm Exchange (TRMO). Since 2000 the company has installed more than 40,000 systems for over 500 fixed and mobile network operators, service providers, large enterprises and public institutions in over 45 countries across the globe.

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