The 100Gbps market is just getting started, and today another equipment provider threw its hat into the ring. MRV Communications, which specializes in Carrier Ethernet and WDM transport, unveiled its plans for a standards based solution using coherent detection and DP-QPSK modulation which will be compatible with existing gear. Unlike the ultra longhaul 100G solutions in or approaching the market today, MRV's is mainly focused at the regional and metro markets, with an eye toward powering mobile backhaul, cloud-based services, and data center interconnection.
MRV signed up their first customer too, as one of the world's largest internet exchanges, AMS-IX, has extended its partnership with the company with plans to deploy the 100Gbps gear to increase network capacity both between its own facilities and for customer connections. Large internet exchanges like AMS-IX have been clamoring for cost-effective 100G for years in order to help manage the massive and growing amount of traffic that passes across their peering fabrics.
AMS-IX already uses MRV's 10G DWDM solutions, which obviously smooths the path forward. As with all 100G efforts, the proof will be in the economics.
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