Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:28

ProLabs has bandwidth boost without additional fibre deployment


Promising to "liberate customers from single vendor lock-in", ProLabs has a way to get more out of optical infrastructure "at a fraction of the cost of other expansion solutions".

Is this a heads-up for Australia’s NBN Co?

UK company ProLabs, which specialises in "high-quality compatible cables and optical transceivers" says it has a way to "allow users of multiple systems to combine previously incompatible products with relative ease".

The company even claims this liberates its customers "from single vendor lock-in".

Talking up the "dramatic increase in the use of services, such as 'social media' and 'HD IPTV' or in the case of business, 'BIG Data' and 'Internet of Things'," we are told that this "is causing an exponential need for more bandwidth".

We are told this is also "affecting the majority of fibre infrastructures, including telecommunications, enterprises as well as datacentres".

In addition, ProLabs states that "supporting and sustaining such bandwidth growth can be cumbersome and expensive".

So, what is ProLabs’ solution?

The company says its "Dense and Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (xWDM) solutions enable customers to get more out of their optical infrastructure, at a fraction of the cost of other expansion solutions whilst increasing flexibility at the same time".

Furthermore, the company says that, "from an infrastructure perspective the implementation of WDM technologies is relatively simple".

A WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) setup comprises:

  • xWDM transmit devices, each operating at a different wave length;
  • Multiplexer, a passive device that combines the different light sources into a blended one;
  • Fibre infrastructure;
  • De-Multiplexer, a passive device that splits the blended light source into separate ones; and
  • xWDM receive devices.

ProLabs says "WDM technology offers many advantages and even if capacity or flexibility is not a concern today, it is worthwhile considering WDM infrastructure".

In then states that "there are a number of considerations to ensure that a WDM deployment is a success,’ and that ‘cost effectiveness and reliability, including network planning and resilience are aspects that need careful consideration".

ProLabs states it understands that "today’s competitive environment requires turning up a new service in a matter of days, rather than week and ProLabs can deliver that fast deployment of new services".

Jan Wielenga, ProLabs product manager has written a "light paper" (four-page PDF) on WDM Transceiver Applications, and naturally, the company is happy to talk to current and prospective customers to give them all the extra info they might want.

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