The "end-to-end" proposition comprises three products: A core router, the ZXR10 T8000; a crossconnect OTN switch, the ZXONE 8000; and the ZXR10 8900E MPLS router "at the convergence access layer." All three can house ZTE's 100Gbit/s board and are managed by the NetNumen U31 unified gateway. (See ZTE Launches OTN PLatform.)
The vendor's pride and joy is the T8000, a 100Gbit/s "cluster routing system with the largest capacity in the telecoms industry... using chips with self-owned intellectual property, ZXR10 T8000 can support 16+64 multi-chassis system and 200T switching capabilities."
The vendor says it developed its own QPSK modulation technology "to support ultra-long distance transmissions of over 1000km without the need for power relays," and says operators "can simply upgrade the circuit-side single board of its existing platform to support 100G capacity, effectively reduce networking cost, and protect its network investment."
Simple isn't a word often associated with upgrading to 100Gbit/s.
The 100Gbit/s market is certainly heating up, with plenty of requests from network operators and increasing noise from the vendors:
- Juniper's 100G Edge
- Nextgen, AlcaLu Demo 100G
- Fujitsu Claims 100G Breakthrough
- 100G Watch: Google Complains Again
- Colt Trials 100GigE
- 100G Watch: Brocade Goes Big
- AlcaLu Demos 100G IP in China
- Infinera 100G Checkup
- Juniper, Internet2 Push 100G
- TelstraClear Trials Ciena's 100G
- Telefónica Completes 100G Trial