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Tellabs Gets Tiny With New MSPP

Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA) is the latest vendor to shrink its multiservice provisioning platform (MSPP).

At the 3GSM show on Tuesday, the company debuted its Tellabs 6325 Edge Node, a 1-rack-unit MSPP. (See Tellabs Intros Tiny MSPP.) It's an SDH box only, keeping with Tellabs' strategy of targeting the 6300 line of add/drop multiplexers at markets other than North America.

"We do not have a strong presence with ADMs in North America. Therefore, we made the decision to focus on the SDH market so we can have a larger product family," says Antti Kankkunen, Tellabs vice president and CTO of broadband network products.

The micro-MSPP has become a bit of a craze, with optical equipment vendors shrinking their designs to get prices below $10,000. (See Micro MSPPs Are Big and The Micro MSPP Flight Plan.) Companies with micro-MSPPs announced include Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY), and RAD Data Communications Ltd. Several chipmakers have targeted the market as well. (See Chips Pack MSPP Power.)

The 6325's 3GSM launch emphasizes the utility of small MSPPs in mobile backhaul networks. "You don’t have quite the bandwidth requirements, or the density of high-bandwidth customers in one location," says Scott Clavenna, chief analyst for Heavy Reading. DSL aggregation, for certain networks, is another target market, Kankkunen says.

Despite being just one rack unit high, the 6325 is a modular system with four card slots. Two are intended for a switch fabric and its backup, while the other two can hold cards for interfaces including Gigabit Ethernet or STM16 (2.5 Gbit/s).

The 6325 was designed by Tellabs' Danish unit and uses Tellabs ASICs, Kankkunen says. Like other boxes in the 6300 family, it uses Ethernet-over-Sonet technology developed by Tpack A/S , also based in Denmark.

The 6325 is shipping for general availability, and has won a customer in Russian carrier Golden Telecom Inc. .

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:05:46 AM
re: Tellabs Gets Tiny With New MSPP This seems like a cool business model -- build a piece of a key system and sell it to the big guys.

Would this be a better path for a startup than developing an entire system? Especially given the expense of systems building, this quasi-modular approach seems a better bet.
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