Research Triangle Park, NC — Harris Stratex Networks has introduced a synchronisation feature for its Eclipse™ Packet Node high-speed IP wireless backhaul platform, that enables operators to cross the 'sync divide' by providing a key component for the efficient migration of existing TDM infrastructure to an all-IP transport network.
The patent-pending Distributed Sync™ will be supported by a plug-in network sync module for the Eclipse Packet Node intelligent nodal indoor unit. Distributed Sync offers a smooth synchronisation migration path for operators planning to evolve their transport network to all-IP, enabling them to introduce all-packet transport, while at the same time maintaining the comfort, reliability and security of their proven TDM-based synchronisation.
Distributed Sync complements standards-based solutions such as Synchronous Ethernet or IEEE 1588v2, and enables operators to delay moving to these IP-based schemes until after their network migration to IP transport is well progressed or complete. Distributed Sync offers a standard, primary reference clock traceable for 2.048/1.544 MHz clock output at the base station over a multi-hop, nodal backhaul network without having to use valuable payload capacity, even in an all-IP environment where no TDM transport capability is available.
Paul Kennard, Harris Stratex chief technology officer comments, "Unlike other solutions currently being considered, Distributed Sync will enable operators to take a low-risk evolutionary approach to network timing."
The Stratex' Eclipse Packet Node solution, featuring the Distributed Sync feature, is part of the multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet Interoperability test currently being conducted by the European Advanced Networking Test Centre (EANTC) in Berlin.
The Eclipse Packet Node product was introduced earlier this year to provide a highly-integrated convergence solution to break the backhaul bottleneck caused by the dramatic growth in mobile broadband data traffic. Eclipse Packet Node provides an evolutionary path for operators to introduce packet-based Ethernet/IP transport into their network, with a smooth, low-risk and graceful migration to all-IP. The platform supports a compelling set of features, including comprehensive nodal networking, ultra-high link speeds up to 2 Gbit/s, advanced adaptive coding and modulation with XPIC, and full native multi-service support for TDM and Ethernet/IP traffic.
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