Aire Networks employs new Ekinops FlexRate solution

Ekinops has introduced two new flexible rate line modules that lower the cost of optical transport while improving network efficiency and flexibility, the company said.

A major Spanish wholesale operator is one of the first customers to deploy this new solution.

The two new modules — the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF — are the latest advanced networking solutions from Ekinops, a supplier of next-generation optical network equipment.

With the new modules, service providers can reduce their capital and operational costs and improve the business case for deploying new capacity. Their small form factor provides operational savings with the ability to fit up to 1.2 terabits per second of capacity in only two rack units. That minimizes space requirements while using less than half the power per gigabit of competitive offerings.

Aire Networks has seen its traffic double in the first three quarters of 2017 and sought to improve network operations while keeping operational expenses as low as possible.

Both the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF modules employ dual QSFP28 client ports with software-selectable line side modulation that can be provisioned as either DP-QPSK or 16QAM to create 100G or 200G transport links. These new generation modules provide enhanced functionality in one-third the space of previous equipment, occupying only a single slot in an Ekinops 360 chassis, for three times the capacity per shelf.

By selecting the modulation format that best meets an operator´s capacity and distance requirements, the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF can support any metro, regional or long-haul application including converged metro transport, data center interconnection (DCI), mobile backhaul, enterprise connectivity and submarine transport.

Ekinops is a provider of open, fully interoperable Layer 1, 2 and 3 solutions to service providers around the world. A global organization with operations on four continents, Ekinops (EKI) – a public company traded on the Euronext Paris exchange – is headquartered in Lannion, France, and Ekinops Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA. For more information, visit