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4:51 PM -- Optical Expo -- Is Ericsson building an old-school Sonet multiservice provisioning platform?

Employees of the company here say they're thinking it over.

Ericsson debuted its Marconi-branded OMS 2400 Optical Multiservice Packet Transport platforms this year. It expects to ship its OMS 1410, a smaller, next-gen system, in the first quarter of 2008. That device will be a 2U box providing eight plug-in modules with an aggregate capacity of up to 2.5 Gbit/s, the company says.

Pure packet switching is cool and all, but Ericsson guys at this show say the company sees that native Sonet support is important to Tier 1 carriers that want to offer metro Ethernet services, yet still need to support an older TDM infrastructure.

So they may come up with something else to give Fujitsu and others a headache in the North American transport market. We'll see.

— Phil Harvey, Barely Managing Editor, Light Reading

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