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Coriant Extends Value of 8600 Smart Router Series with Multi-Layer Solution Purpose-Built for Mobile Backhaul Evolution

Converged IP-Optical Solution Builds upon Proven IP/MPLS Routing Expertise and World-class Synchronization to Enable Seamless Path from LTE/LTE-A to 5G

NAPERVILLE, Illinois, 09 February 2016 – Coriant, a global supplier of SDN-enabled transport networking solutions, today announced it is building upon the robust capabilities of its next-generation 8600 Smart Router Series to offer a converged IP-Optical solution purpose-built for mobile backhaul evolution. The 8600 Series today is helping mobile operators cost-efficiently build and scale LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks. Coriant is combining this proven IP/MPLS routing platform with optical layer capabilities to deliver an enhanced multi-layer solution designed to meet the key challenges of 5G. The Coriant IP-Optical Mobile Backhaul Solution offers CapEx and OpEx savings potential of 40 to 60 percent in current LTE/LTE-A applications, with potential for improved savings over time as 5G drives exponential growth in mobile backhaul capacity.

Widely deployed in Tier 1 mobile networks around the world, the Coriant 8600 Smart Router Series, which includes the 8665, 8615, and 8602, delivers compelling economic advantages for today's LTE/LTE-A networks, including industry-leading low power consumption, superior footprint efficiencies, and flexible installation options. The Coriant IP-Optical Mobile Backhaul Solution couples the feature-rich 8600 routing platform with multi-layer SDN programmability and recent optical layer innovations from Coriant to create the foundation for enhanced synergies between the IP and optical networking layers. A tighter coupling between the IP and optical domains will enable mobile operators to address key challenges as LTE/LTE-A networks evolve over time to support the stringent performance requirements of 5G. These challenges include an approximately 20-fold increase in end-user data rates (up to 10Gpbs) compared to LTE/LTE-A, ultra-low latency of 1msec round trip, and ultra-dense deployments that will set unprecedented requirements for synchronization of cells sites as small and overlapping cell sites proliferate.

Key building blocks of the Coriant multi-layer solution include:

  • World-class Synchronization – optimized for ultra-dense small cell architectures and CoMP/MIMO transmission environments, Coriant's world-class suite of integrated synchronization capabilities (frequency, time-of-day, phase) supports the stringent end-to-end synchronization demands of LTE-TDD, LTE-A, and 5G-ready networks reliably and cost-effectively, and in a way that can be easily deployed and managed, even in challenging heterogeneous networks. The Coriant solution provides the highest level of synchronization at the lowest cost, with demonstrated savings of up to 75% in OpEx via lower per-node power consumption and integration of functionalities.
  • Enhanced IP-Optical Layer Optimization – to support cost-efficient scalability in evolving backhaul networks, Coriant is extending the reach and cost/performance benefits of optical layer transmission with the introduction of colored interfaces on its 8600 Smart Routers. In addition, the 8600 Series is designed to support interworking with Coriant's newly introduced Pluggable Optical Layer. These capabilities provide operators the tools to maximize efficiencies across the IP and optical domains, which leads to lower network costs and improved service performance. As mobile networks become more dense and latency requirements more stringent, a converged IP-Optical architecture will enable operators to deliver optimal Quality of Experience (QoE) for end-users through enhanced end-to-end traffic engineering (e.g., minimizing latency-impacting router hops) and the ability to exploit the right technology at the right location in the network. Recent analysis of the Coriant IP-Optical Mobile Backhaul Solution has validated savings of up to 60% for incremental CapEx through system configuration efficiencies.
  • LTE-A/5G-optimized Scalability – from cell site access at 10G to multi-terabit switching and transport in aggregation and metro core applications, the Coriant IP-Optical Solution delivers optimal capacity-, space-, and power-efficient scalability across the mobile backhaul network. By extending optical layer connectivity closer to the mobile edge and maximizing lowest cost-per-bit optical transport, the Coriant multi-layer solution can help network operators cost-efficiently address current LTE-A capacity and performance demands, while creating the scalable foundation for the massive scalability requirements of future 5G services and a world of highly distributed Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
  • Multi-layer SDN Automation – powered by the Coriant Transcend™ SDN Solution, which includes a recently introduced SDN packet controller, the Coriant IP-Optical Solution enables multi-layer and multi-domain SDN automation and control for optimal utilization of network resources, improved reliability, and simplified end-to-end provisioning. With proven standards-based interworking in 3rd-party NFV-based vEPC environments and Self Organizing Networks (SON) applications, the Coriant solution supports programmable, application-aware networking to assure the optimal QoE in multi-vendor, NFV-orchestrated networks.

"Recent industry research has reinforced the critical challenge that mobile backhaul networks face as they brace for the new scalability, latency, and synchronization requirements of 5G," said Mikko Hannula, Director of Product Management, Coriant. "Optimizing the value of both the IP and optical layers with purpose-built solutions and ensuring world-class synchronization will enable network operators to scale cost-efficiently as they transform mobile backhaul networks to support a new era of mobile broadband and cloud connectivity."

Coriant at Mobile World Congress 2016

Coriant will showcase the latest innovations in its SDN-enabled Smart IP/MPLS Router Series and Packet Optical Transport Solutions portfolio at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona from February 22-25 (Hall 2, Stand 2I30). From service-aware mobile backhaul to the scalable packet optical core, Coriant will demonstrate a broad range of purpose-built, multi-layer solutions that help network operators realize the business value of intelligent, highly-programmable networks optimized for a new generation of dynamic services and applications.

About Coriant

Coriant delivers innovative, dynamic networking solutions for a fast-changing and cloud-centric business world. The Coriant portfolio of SDN-enabled, edge-to-core transport solutions enables network operators to reduce operational complexity, improve utilization of multi-layer network resources, and create new revenue opportunities. Coriant serves leading network operators around the world, including mobile and fixed line service providers, cloud and data center operators, content providers, cable MSOs, large enterprises, government agencies, financial institutions, and utility companies. With a distinguished heritage of technology innovation and service excellence, forged by over 35 years of experience and expertise in Tier 1 carrier networks, Coriant is helping its global customers maximize the value of their network infrastructure as demand for bandwidth explodes and the communications needs of businesses and consumers continue to evolve. Learn more at www.coriant.com.


Scott Larson Media Relations Coriant +1.978.250.3433 scott.larson@coriant.com

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