Infinera launches TSN solution for 5G and fibre deep applications

Created November 22, 2019
Technologies and Products

Infinera has announced the availability of the Infinera EMXP-XH800, an X-haul-optimised packet optical switch purpose-built for Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN). Part of Infinera’s XTM Series, the EMXP-XH800 is Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-compliant and is designed to help network operators cost-effectively deploy 5G and fibre deep applications.

The EMXP-XH800 enables mobile operators and wholesale providers to cost-effectively deliver Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI), eCPRI, and Ethernet-based X-haul transport services for 4G/5G with lower latency and industry-leading synchronisation, including a broad range of Ethernet service and resiliency options. The EMXP-XH800 extends the benefits of the XTM Series’ widely deployed EMXP range for all Ethernet aggregation and backhaul applications, increasing switching capacity, improving the EMXP’s already impressive synchronisation performance, and adding capabilities such as TSN to support current and new requirements as more networks evolve to 5G.

“In many regions, commercial 5G launches have begun, but the move from initial deployments to mass-market 5G is a significant step that has major ramifications for the transport network,” said Sterling Perrin, principal analyst, optical networking & transport at Heavy Reading. “As operators move to advanced 5G services, packet transport networks will be essential for lowering costs and boosting efficiencies. Heavy Reading research already shows strong operator interest in Time-Sensitive Networking for fronthaul. We expect this interest to increase in the coming years.”

The XTM Series with the EMXP-XH800 offers operators 800G of Ethernet aggregation, including 100G/200G coherent dense wavelength-division multiplexing optics, within a hardened street-cabinet-deployable device. With optimisation for street cabinets, including right-to-left cooling and all-front access on the 1 rack unit ETSI 300-compliant hardened device, the EMXP-XH800 enables network operators to push high-capacity packet optical capabilities deep into access networks for any Ethernet-based backhaul application. Taking advantage of the XTM Series’ low power heritage, the EMXP-XH800 has proven to be significantly lower in power than many leading competitors’ solutions, using approximately 200 watts in the most demanding conditions and significantly less under normal operating conditions.

“Introducing the EMXP-XH800 is the natural evolution of Infinera’s packet optical portfolio, enhancing its existing solutions to better meet the needs of operators as networks advance to 5G,” said Glenn Laxdal, senior vice president, disaggregated, edge, and access solutions, Infinera. “The XTM Series is already successful in networks globally, and with the latest switching capabilities delivered on the EMXP-XH800, we are confident our solution will continue to help our customers launch new services, achieve their business needs, and remain ahead of their competition.”

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.