Menara Networks Demonstrates Next Generation Open IP Video Distribution Solution at OFC / NFOEC 2009



Industry-leading OTN system in a Pluggable XFP used to simplify the DWDM transport network and lower video distribution cost

San Diego CA, March 23, 20009 -- Menara Networks today announced a demonstration of low latency, open, next generation IP video distribution solution based on the company’s award winning DWDM OTN XFP systems and IP / Ethernet switching platforms at OFC/NFOEC 2009.

In this interoperability demonstration, high definition video sources are streamed across a multi-node IP network consisting of an Extreme Networks BlackDiamond® Ethernet Switch and Ericsson SmartEdge® 400 Multi-Service Edge Router with 10Gbps optical interfaces. The nodes are connected via two separate 10 Gbps DWDM wavelengths carrying 10G Ethernet LAN PHY signals and running over a DWDM optical network. The DWDM optical network is comprised of standard single mode fiber, optical amplifiers and passive DWDM multiplexer/de-multiplexer. The DWDM network loss and optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR) are controlled to degrade the optical signal and emulate a core metro, or long haul transmission network. The native video stream is transparently mapped into an ITU-T G.709 OTN frame and pre-processed for forward error correction and assigned to a separate DWDM wavelength via Menara Networks DWDM OTN XFP without the need for the customary separate DWDM transponder system. When signal degradations akin to actual metro or long haul networks are introduced to the network, Menara Networks OTN XFP modules effectively corrected for the errors resulting from the degradation and maintained an error free video link with high QOS. In contrast, a second video stream running over a separate DWDM wavelength without forward error correction on the same optical network was interrupted due to the excessive bit error rate leading to a loss of video service.

“With integrated OTN transport solutions, video traffic can effectively be distributed over a wide area network saving network operators substantial capital and operational cost associated with the external DWDM transponders typically used for this application.” said Sri Nathan, Menara’s VP of Business Development. “Having OTN capability in a pluggable format further provides lower first cost and offers unprecedented flexibility to network planners.”

“Video services continue to represent service providers’ best opportunity for increasing revenue,” says Eve Griliches, Director of Telecom Equipment for IDC. “This interoperability demonstration shows how integrated OTN transport can simplify IP delivery of video and other broadband services.”

Menara will be conducting daily demonstration March 24 -26 in the company’s booth # 3219 at the San Diego Convention Center.

About Menara Networks

Menara Networks develops innovative products and solutions that greatly simplify today's layered optical transport networks. Leveraging the company's proprietary high speed ICs and its extensive expertise in optical networking and system design, Menara products provide optical networks with superior performance and improved service velocity while reducing network elements and overall network cost. Menara's MSA-compliant transceivers with integrated ITU-T G.709 OTN enable OEM customers to seamlessly and rapidly unlock the potential of their platforms by offering unique opportunities for expanded addressable markets and faster revenues. The Company is funded by Sigma Partners, Spark Capital, Concept Ventures, and Applied Materials venture capital arm. Menara is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit