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ADVA Optical Networking Launches FSP 150SP, Enabling Synchronization as a Service

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November 06, 2012

ADVA Optical Networking Launches FSP 150SP, Enabling Synchronization as a Service

By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer

ADVA Optical Networking (News - Alert), a global provider of intelligent telecommunications infrastructure solutions, recently launched the FSP 150SP, a sync probe device which is capable of simplifying the deployment and maintenance of 4G mobile networks. The device features a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) clock probe that supports both Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE (News - Alert) 1588v2, as well as a GPS receiver, allowing it to provide time synchronization and assurance across multivendor mobile backhaul infrastructures.

As such, the FSP 150SP allows backhaul service providers to offer synchronization as a service, which has not been possible previously.

"As the industry continues to drive towards LTE (News - Alert) and an Evolved Packet Core, precise timing is a critical stumbling block," said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. "Service providers need to do more than simply bring fiber to the cell tower; they also need to deliver precise time-of-day information for phase alignment between adjacent base stations. This is the primary goal of our FSP 150 platform and its new member, the FSP 150SP. For the first time, backhaul service providers will be able to deliver precise timing information over a multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet infrastructure."

The FSP 150SP is an integral part of the FSP 150 family, which encompasses intelligent Ethernet access, backhaul and aggregation solutions supporting Syncjack timing distribution and assurance. The 150SP extends Syncjack technology to every node in a network, which ensures comprehensive end-to-end management, monitoring and testing. As such, even older first generation Carrier Ethernet networks can be quickly and easily upgraded to enable the delivery of SLA-based synchronization services with PTP and SyncE network monitoring and performance analysis.

ADVA also recently made Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) available on its FSP 150 family. This ITU-T standard, also known as G.8032v2, offers sub 50 millisecond protection and recovery switching, resulting in a high degree of reliability for ring-based Carrier Ethernet infrastructures.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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