Transmode's new product range is a CFP-based, all-pluggable 100G solution for metro networks with support for current optics. It supports both Layer 1 WDM transport and Layer 2 packet-optical applications. To address the challenges of the metro network environment, there are three plug-in units for the TM-Series. These include a 100G Transponder, a 100G Muxponder and a 220G Layer 2 Ethernet Muxponder (EMXP). The latter supports Ethernet switching in the Native Packet Optical 2.0 architecture with a common Ethernet feature set from 1G or 10G CPE access nodes to a 100G core network.
The solution offers a pay-as-you-go approach and will protect the investment in existing infrastructure. At the same time, Transmode says, it addresses the growing trend in Layer 2 packet optical systems in metro and regional networks and allows the operator to mix 10G, 40G and 100G as needed over the same optical networking infrastructure.