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Ericsson launches new optical product enabling transformation of broadband networks


Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) is launching SPT 2700, an energy lean, cost efficient new optical packet transport product that will enable operators to more effectively address growing demand for consumer and business broadband services. SPT 2700 will support operators as they transform their transport networks for new bandwidth-hungry services like high-definition IPTV and fixed-mobile network convergence.

To be able to meet new broadband market demands, operators must be able to smoothly migrate their networks from the current voice-centric multiplexing to efficient packet transport. Because of this, there is a need for a new product platform that handles traditional services while also being optimized for future services.

Ericsson’s highly flexible, carrier-class product, SPT 2700 provides the foundation for ultra-high capacity and maximizes the return of investment in current networks. SPT 2700 extends network scalability and, in a single unit, handles several technologies, including WDM, TDM and packet switching including the new MPLS-TP standard.

Andrea Spaccapietra, Head of Broadband Networks at Ericsson, says: “SPT 2700 is a perfect complement to our existing optical transport and Redback portfolio. This launch, following our demonstration of 100GbE transport technology in October, also highlights Ericsson’s technology leadership in the new optical arena.”

The product will be commercially available from Q1 2009.

Note to editors:

Ericsson successfully demonstrated 100GbE transport
Ericsson successfully demonstrated 100GbE transport technology on its existing WDM solution, Marconi MHL 3000, to several customers in Italy in October. Ericsson will now begin field-based customer trials and work closely with its customers and industry institutes to continue to drive high-speed optics to the market.

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more than 195 million subscribers. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, and broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of ’communication for all’ through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion (SEK 188 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ.

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About Optical Packet Transport and the SPT 2700
The primary role of the optical transport network is to support the myriad of new high-bandwidth applications in as seamless a way as possible. However, its greatest value is in doing so at the lowest cost per transported bit, and lowest total cost of ownership. Maintaining quality of experience for end users during the network transformation is a natural advantage, whilst maximizing the return on existing investments for the operator. Optical packet transport devices need to be highly scalable, supporting operators in addressing future transport needs, and integrated WDM technology provides that in the most effective way. In the SPT 2700, all this comes with extremely low power consumption, enabling more sustainable networking.

SPT 2700 offers high-speed, high-capacity packet transport via a 320G packet switch (scalable to 800G), transport of legacy TDM traffic via a 120G SDH switch and optical scalability via integrated OTN switch and DWDM ROADM/WSS (Wavelength Selective Switch).

SPT 2700 will be commercially available from Q1 2009, with further feature upgrades scheduled for the second half of 2009. SPT 2700 is complemented by Ericsson’s ServiceOn Optical OSS platform.


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