Transmode launches Switched Video Transport solution to optimize multicast video distribution

ANGA Cable, Cologne, Germany and Stockholm, Sweden - 3rd May 2011 - Transmode, a leading supplier of optical networking solutions, today announced the availability of its new Switched Video Transport solution to address the bandwidth challenges associated with the migration to High Definition and 3D TV. "Network operators, and MSOs in particular, are dealing with a rapid rise in both streamed and on demand video content within their networks," stated Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "Streamed multicast IPTV traffic creates even harsher challenges as these operators move to High Definition and 3D services, with bandwidth demands increasing enormously while service revenues do not. Network operators are today assessing how best to optimize this traffic to simplify network operations-and at the same time reduce costs as they make the move to HD and 3D services." To address this challenge, Transmode has developed the new Switched Video Transport solution that utilizes Source-Specific Multicast (SSM) and Internet Group Managed Protocol (IGMPv3) capabilities within the Layer 2 Ethernet Muxponder family ofTM-Series plug-in units. These new capabilities enable network operators to optimize multi-cast traffic by only forwarding multicast channels to ports that have specifically requested them rather than flooding all channels to all ports. Furthermore, the solution also supports additional services such as unicast video traffic, broadband backhaul and wholesale and business services from the same network infrastructure. These new capabilities are typically only found in high-end core routers and switches, so the new Transmode approach, where the transport network provides this optimization, can radically change the economics of deploying an optimized network. The solution is available from June 2011. Sten Nordell, Transmode's CTO comments "This new solution really shows the benefits of the applications-focused approach we have taken with ourNative Packet Optical solution to Layer 1 and 2 consolidation. This architecture enables Transmode to focus on providing a range of high-end solutions for Transport Ethernet in applications such as Business Ethernet Services, Mobile Backhaul and now Switched Video Transport, rather than a generic switching device. "This means the overall solution can excel in terms of both performance criteria such as low latency, virtually zero jitter and excellent Sync-E support and application specific features that optimize the overall network design. This ultimately can radically reduce cost and simplify network operations for our customers." Native Packet Optical is an architecture that is ideally suited to the edge of an optical network as it keeps the traffic payload as standard native Ethernet frames. This provides the operator with better visibility and manageability of Layer-2 traffic and better aggregation of traffic to "fill the pipes" prior to handover to the core. Furthermore it lowers the cost of Packet Optical integration at the edge of the optical network. Within this architecture, Transport Ethernet solutions optimize Ethernet for aggregation and transport of Layer 2 Ethernet traffic and now also provide further enhanced distribution capabilities. Note to editors: see link at the end of the press release for the product photo. About Transmode Transmode is a leading provider of optical networking solutions for transport of data, voice and video traffic, based onCWDM and DWDM technology (Coarse/Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing). Transmode's uniqueIntelligent WDM (iWDM(TM)) approach has led to widespread deployment of over 20000 systems in a customer base consisting of more than 300 fixed and mobile network operators, service providers, large enterprises and public institutions across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Transmode's comprehensiveproduct portfolio and strong global organization enable our customers to grow the capacity and to improve service level of their regional, metro and metro access networks, on a cost-efficient basis without compromising on functionality. For additional information about Transmode, please For more information please contact: Ola Elmeland Vice President Marketing & Communications Transmode Systems AB Telephone: +46 8 506 882 71 Photo - 22 Port EMXP II: Photo - 8x 10G EMXP II: This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Transmode via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1511644]