Infinera’s fibre-deep access solution redefines speed and simplicity for cable operators

Created October 23, 2018
Technologies and Products

Infinera, a developer of Intelligent Transport Networks, has launched what it is calling “a low-cost packet-optical aggregation and transport solution purpose-built to accelerate and simplify the delivery of high-speed, low-latency services in access networks”.

The new 1.6 terabit High-Density Ethernet Aggregator (HDEA) enables network operators to cost-efficiently address key operational and service deployment challenges in fibre-deep access environments, including Distributed Access Architectures in cable networks and 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) transport infrastructure.

“The rapid pace of migration from 1G to 10G connectivity in access networks will create economic and operational challenges for operators, and nowhere is this more evident than in the move to DAA within cable access networks,” commented Heidi Adams, Senior Research Director, IP & Optical Networks, at analyst IHS-Markit. “Space constraints, power efficiency, and cable management are all key concerns when introducing large-scale aggregation into hub-site locations. Infinera’s new HDEA platform tackles these challenges head-on.”

The new HDEA, part of Infinera’s XTM Series, is an access-optimised packet-optical aggregator that integrates optical transport capabilities, Metro Ethernet Forum Carrier Ethernet 2.0-compliant Layer 2 Ethernet functionality and programmable software control, including direct access via OpenFlow.

Designed to support 1.6 terabits of capacity in a compact 1 rack unit chassis, the new HDEA solution is optimised for a range of access network applications, including ultra-high density 10G aggregation in DAA networks, 4G/5G mobile backhaul and high-capacity business Ethernet.

Key features include the following:

Low cost of ownership: The HDEA increases 10G density twofold and lowers power consumption by approximately half over comparable solutions, dramatically reducing operational expenses and capital expenses as access networks scale.

Simplified mass subscriber connectivity: The HDEA accelerates and simplifies commissioning of high capacity such as 10G services with Infinera’s Auto-Lambda zero-touch provisioning capabilities, while mitigating deployment-impacting fibre management complexities by reducing fibres by a factor of 20.

Assured investment for 4G/5G infrastructure: The HDEA provides the high capacity and timing necessary for a high-quality 4G and 5G mobile experience as more small cells are deployed.

“When we demonstrate to our customers how the HDEA enables the installation and commissioning of up to 1.6 terabits of packet-optical aggregation in 1RU in less than 10 minutes, the lights go on in a big way,” commented Glenn Laxdal, Infinera Senior Vice President and General Manager, Product Management. “This innovative new packet-optical access offering reinforces our commitment to extending the reach of our networking solutions and driving unprecedented value for our customers.”

Infinera’s product and technology experts will be present at the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo this week in booth 2905 (22-25 October, in Atlanta, Ga, US). Visit us to learn more about Infinera’s comprehensive solutions for cable operators.

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This article was written
by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.