Tibit Announces the Fully Pluggable MicroPlug OLT

  • Tibit Communications
PETALUMA, CA — Tibit Communications, a Petaluma, CA-based start-up developing next-generation access devices, announced availability of its fully pluggable optical line terminal (OLT), the Tibit MicroPlug OLT. A complete network access device for 10-gigabit PON, the MicroPlug OLT reduces the footprint, power consumption, cost, and amount of application-specific hardware needed for network deployments.

The new OLT form factor revolutionizes PON market dynamics by enabling switch vendors to easily extend their widely-deployed portfolio of 10G switch ports to support 10G PON. Tibit's standards-based small-format pluggable (SFP+) solution reduces the physical footprint of today's chassis-based and card-based solutions by 95 percent and lowers power consumption by 75 percent.

Reducing an OLT into a Standards-based Pluggable Form Factor
"Our challenge was to do something never attempted in this industry — reduce an entire OLT, including an entirely new ASIC and 10G optics, into a standards-based pluggable form factor," said Richard Stanfield, CEO of Tibit Communications. "The result is a product that saves an extraordinary amount of space and power, and we are encouraged by the strong market reception of this game-changing device."

Tibit's MicroPlug OLT directly addresses the CAPEX, OPEX, and network simplification objectives of service providers targeting next-generation architectures through CORD (central office rearchitected as a datacenter) and NFV (network function virtualization), and replaces legacy, PON-specific hardware equipment with a single network element. The reduced power and footprint profile of the MicroPlug OLT also meets distributed access architecture (DAA) objectives of cable operators. Multiple Tibit devices can effectively operate in an MSO remote node enclosure, satisfying strict environmental and power restrictions.

Deployable in Multiple PON Virtualization Environments
Tibit's in-band-by-design architecture can deploy in PON virtualization environments such as vOLT-HA (virtual OLT — hardware abstraction), DPoE (DOCSIS PON over Ethernet), and BAA (broadband access abstraction). Tibit's MicroPlug OLT meets both 10G-EPON and 10G GPON (XGS-PON) standards in a single device — IEEE 1904.1 and ITU-T G.9807.1.


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