New Gigabit Ethernet FTTP Blade From Occam

  • FTTH
  • Occam
AUSTIN, TX & SANTA BARBARA, CA - Broadband access supplier Occam Networks announced the addition of the high-capacity Gigabit Ethernet BLC 6316 to its BLC 6000 multiservice access platform. Offering the industry’s highest port density in the most compact footprint, the blade can be used to serve up to 576 Ethernet FTTP customers from a 12-rack-unit platform. Commercial availability is expected in Q1 2010 as part of the Occam OS 7.0 system release.

"As providers are deploying more equipment, often in fixed spaces, these providers are increasingly concerned about the space and energy requirements consumed by network infrastructure," says Teresa Mastrangelo, Principal Analyst and Director of Research at, a telecommunications industry-focused analyst firm. "Occam’s new BLC 6316 OLT blade facilitates this transition with its high port density, compact footprint and energy savings features, enabling service providers to make the transition smoothly and effectively."

Whether deployed as a standalone network element supporting a single node or in a high-capacity chassis with a mix of technologies, the BLC 6316 allows service providers to easily transition from copper to fiber networks, one 48-port blade at a time. The blade also supports carrier-grade 10GigE transport while simultaneously subtending downstream nodes via resilient 10GigE. The 6316 with integrated 10GigE eliminates the need for additional network elements and scales to meet both broadband demands and middle-mile capacity requirements.

Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) services are also supported for SMBs and Enterprises converging towards Gigabit Ethernet WANs. With an embedded suite of service-aware software, the BLC 6316 ensures reliable delivery of E-Line and E-LAN business Ethernet services, enabling service providers to standardize on a single MSAP platform for both residential and business applications and thereby simplifying operations.

Compared with alternative Gigabit Ethernet FTTP offerings, the BLC 6316 reduces the amount of physical space required by as much as 75 percent. Occam expects that operators will realize significant power savings - as much as 25 to 30 percent per subscriber compared with alternative solutions.


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