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mTera® Universal Transport Platform

Maximize Network Efficiency with Universal Switching

Network operators are facing the challenges of tackling unpredictable traffic patterns and ever-increasing bandwidth growth driven by video, cloud and data center interconnect. At the same time, they are tasked with reducing the operational expenses of space and power consumption; migrating from legacy technologies such as Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET)/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH); growing revenues by offering next-generation Ethernet services and new software-defined networking (SDN)-enabled services, such as network as a service (NaaS) and bandwidth on demand (BoD); and maximizing network and service availability cost-effectively. The Infinera mTera Universal Transport Platform (UTP) is designed to help network operators address these challenges by providing Optical Transport Network (OTN), Multiprotocol Label Switching-Transport Profile (MPLS-TP), Carrier Ethernet and SONET/SDH switching at the electrical layer, with the option of an integrated dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) layer based on reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM)-on-a-blade technology. The mTera UTP supports 7 terabits per second (Tb/s) of universal switching capacity per shelf, with up to 12 Tb/s of total switching capacity per rack.

The option to converge electrical and optical switching on the mTera UTP enables network operators to realize a reduction in capital and operational expenditure with minimized footprint, decreased power consumption and fewer network elements to install, manage and maintain. Operators can easily reassign physical resources between switching types to quickly respond to changes in traffic patterns and provision new services as customer requirements evolve. The agnostic universal fabrics of the mTera UTP enable high adaptability to keep pace with dynamic transformation in metro, regional and long-haul networks.

Universal Switching of OTN, Packet and SONET/SDH

Solutions Benefits

  • Adapt to changing traffic patterns and service demands with the ability to define any interface/virtual interface for OTN, MPLS-TP or Carrier Ethernet switching
  • Minimize 100 gigabit (100G)+ interface costs with efficient native grooming of OTN, packet and SONET/SDH onto the same high-speed wavelength
  • Reduce operational costs, such as space and power, by converging electrical switching with optical layer technologies including flexible grid route-and-select ROADM-on-a-blade, Raman, optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR), colorless/directionless (CD) and colorless/directionless/contentionless (CDC) add/drop
  • Deliver Metro Ethernet Forum Carrier Ethernet 2.0-certified services leveraging the mTera UTP’s scalable and feature-rich packet switching
  • Migrate SONET/SDH to next-generation packet-optical technologies including MPLS-TP, Carrier Ethernet, OTN and up to 1.68 Tb/s of STS-1/VC-4 switching
  • Maximize network and service availability with Y-cable, subnetwork connection (SNC) protection, G.8031 Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) protection, G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection (ERP), G.8131 MPLS-TP protection, Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON)/Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) and Virtualized Control Plane for ASON (vASON) restoration