ADVA boosts access capacity with G.metro technology

Created March 12, 2020
Technologies and Products

ADVA has introduced its G.metro solution, a turnkey offering that cost-effectively helps mobile and enterprise networks boost access capacity while at the same time saving vital fibre resources.

The technology, which features small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) DWDM transceivers, a complete suite of compact filters, and in-service fibre and wavelength monitoring, offers an easy way to increase bandwidth without replacing equipment.

The solution integrates with ADVA and third-party infrastructure, making it cost-efficient to scale mobile, fixed broadband access and enterprise networks. With automatic wavelength tuning, ADVA’s G.metro solution also supports zero-touch provisioning, reducing set-up time and eliminating human error.

Stephan Rettenberger, SVP for marketing and investor relations at ADVA, said, “What we’re bringing to the market is an entirely new approach to expanding fibre networks. Our G.metro solution with pluggable 10Gbit/s transceivers makes it straightforward to affordably and securely address fierce growth in data demand for metro access applications.”

He added, “Our new self-tuning SFP+ has been engineered to meet the exact needs of businesses and service providers. It’s the result of close collaboration with major customers as well as ITU-T standardisation, to which our team has been a key contributor.”

Capable of both single- and dual-fibre working, the technology natively transports Ethernet CPRI or eCPRI services up to 10Gbit/s by means of passive DWDM. All G.metro plugs are remotely monitored over a transparent channel independent of host equipment.

And to enhance ease of use, the solution facilitates zero-touch management of the optical layer, substantially reducing operational efforts. The pluggable transceivers automatically tune to the appropriate wavelength for provisioning without manual intervention.

Sander Jansen, director for product line management at ADVA, commented, “From cost-effective small cell rollouts to the realisation of centralised RAN, our self-tuning SFP+ provides the bandwidth to make it possible. And it doesn’t stop at 10Gbit/s. Our G.metro solution also paves the way for 25Gbit/s per wavelength and beyond.”

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation