The Alcatel-Lucent 1678 Metro Core Connect (MCC) simplifies networks by integrating add/drop multiplexer (ADM), broadband and wideband cross-connect, and Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) functionality into a single node with a full Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) control plane. As a result, CAPEX can be reduced as much as 40 percent by decreasing the number of network elements required in the central office (or main exchange), while boosting network efficiency and enabling new data services.
In addition, the newest Integrated Service Adapter (ISA) module for Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) products provides a 20 Gb/s Layer 2 switching fabric for the 1678 MCC. The ISA-ES64 provides data-aware functionality and Ethernet/MPLS support to enhance the 1678 MCC’s advanced multiservice capabilities. The ISA module’s plug-in design offers an easy service upgrade to enhance the transport network with only incremental investment by the service provider.