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Transmode Branches Out

Sweden's Transmode Systems AB is releasing a Sonet/SDH multiservice edge aggregation device that will enable service providers to carry Fibre Channel and other forms of storage traffic across metropolitan area networks (MANs).

It's a new product direction for Transmode, which is known as a pioneer in the field of access equipment that uses coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) to carry network traffic, including storage traffic, over MANs (see CWDM: Low-Cost Capacity and CWDM Gets a Boost).

The Transmode Service Extender, or TSE, has been announced today (see Transmode Launches Sonet/SDH Edge Device). It will be on display at the Supercomm tradeshow next week, although it won't be a working demo. The first release of the product isn't planned until the fourth quarter of this year.

By then, Transmode hopes to have put in place the commercial foundations for the TSE's success an OEM agreement with one of the incumbent vendors of Sonet/SDH equipment. Michael Crossey, Transmode's VP of marketing and business development, says a deal is under negotiation and an outcome is expected in the coming months.

In many ways, Transmode is following the example of ADVA AG Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADAG.F), which itself launched a product in this market – the FSP1500 – about a year ago. Like Transmode, ADVA realized that the market for WDM access and metro equipment was only so big and that in order to grow, it needed to branch out into the much bigger potential market for Sonet/SDH equipment.

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