Occam Networks has unveiled a high-capacity optical line terminal (OLT) blade that supports Gigabit Ethernet in fiber-to-the-premises networks. The blade is designed to enable service providers to transition from copper-based connections to optical fiber.

Occam’s Gigabit Ethernet BLC 6316 FTTP OLT blade integrates in the company’s BLC 6000 multi-service access platform (MSAP). The blade supports up to 48 Ethernet FTTP customers from a single rack unit.

The company is at the ITU Telecom World in Geneva, displaying the product for the first time. Commercial availability is expected in Q1 2010 as part of the Occam OS 7.0 system release.

The BLC 6316 allows broadband operators to create open, scalable broadband networks one 48-port blade at a time. The blade also supports carrier grade 10GigE transport while simultaneously subtending downstream nodes via resilient 10GigE, Occam said. The 6316 with integrated 10GigE eliminates the need for additional network elements and scales to meet both broadband demands and middle mile capacity requirements.

As part of the BLC 6000, the 6316 OLT can be deployed adjacent to GPON and DSL blades from a single, scalable broadband platform, the company added.

Metro Ethernet services are also supported for small businesses and large enterprises converging toward Gigabit Ethernet WANs. With an embedded suite of service-aware software, the BLC 6316 ensures reliable delivery of E-Line and E-LAN business Ethernet services, enabling service providers to standardize on a single MSAP platform for both residential and business applications, thereby simplifying operations, the company said.

Occam also said that compared to alternative Gigabit Ethernet FTTP offerings, the BLC 6316 reduces the amount of physical space required in gigabit Ethernet FTTP deployments by as much as 75 percent. Further, Occam expects that operators will realize significant power savings – as much as 25 to 30 percent per subscriber when compared with alternative solutions.

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