Nortel's 40G optical platform makes JITC approved list

Nortel announced that its Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 is the first 40G optical platform to earn a place on the Defense Department’s Joint Interoperability Testing Command’s approved product list.

As a result of this certification, Nortel’s OME 6500 optical networking platform can be deployed in DOD’s most mission-critical networks, the company said. The product can increase network capacity four-fold to 40Gbps per wavelength, Nortel said.

The company said DOD has not made known plans to certify any other 40G platform in the near future.

The testing processes for JITC certification are among the most rigorous in the industry, Nortel said. The interoperability testing was conducted by the JITC at the Global Information Grid Network Facility in Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

The OME 6500 is a packet optical convergence platform that enables efficient aggregation, transport, switching and management of network traffic, Nortel said.

It can converge several network layers so that agencies can support circuit-based time domain multiplexing private lines, optical services, packet transport and transparent wavelength services on a single platform. This streamlining of networks can substantially reduce infrastructure costs, Nortel said.

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