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Transponder manufacturers join forces, form 10-Gbits/sec optical multi-source group

Optical communications companies Essex Corp., Kodeos Communications Inc. and TeraSea Ltd. announced today the forma...


September 21, 2005  


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Optical communications companies Essex Corp., Kodeos Communications Inc. and TeraSea Ltd. announced today the formation of a 10-Gbits/sec Optical, Multi-Source Working Group (ODB MSWG).

The group’s objective is to develop a common specification for extended reach 10-Gbits/sec transponder modules. The ODB MSWG will allow service providers and OEMs to contribute to a multi-source forum while providing a mechanism that facilitates interoperability between participants.

The optical transponder modules are initially targeted for extended reach applications up to 200 km and support data rates from 9.95 to 11.3 Gbits/sec. The inherent aspect of optical transmission offers network designers flexibility, longer reach, and better performance while saving manufacturing costs on next generation systems, the companies said.

“There is a growing market interest in extended reach, optical modules for regional and long-haul platforms,” said Massimo Di Blasio, senior director of marketing and business development at Kodeos.