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The Neptune Family of Multi-service Packet Transport Platforms is Growing

September 15, 2016

Demand on networks is only increasing, and it is going to get that much more challenging when 5G is fully implemented in the coming years. For service providers and network operators, the entire ecosystem has to be optimized to ensure the deluge of data consumers and organizations’ access is readily available, in many instances for real-time applications. ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network solutions for service providers, just announced it is expanding its Neptune family of multi-service packet transport platforms for metro access to core with end-to-end 5G ready backhaul solution.

As the company stated, 5G networks are expected to exacerbate the growth of traffic in the metro which is already outpacing the growth in the network core. If operators are not able to achieve greater control and optimization they will experience difficulty in delivering new generation services that will be relying on 5G and the increased capability of the technology.

With the new Neptune family of products, Neptune (NPT) 1011 and (NPT) 1025, along with ECI's ElastiNET, it will be possible to address these challenges with a highly-scalable and flexible architecture for current LTE/LTE-A and future 5G requirements.

“Following the 4G/LTE revolution, the main promise of 5G is to provide an optimized mobile network that enables consumers to use all the services they desire, whenever, wherever, and on any device.  All of this should be offered on a super-efficient infrastructure that will allow the mobile network operator a way to maximize performance while minimizing power, operations complexity and equipment costs.  ECI's ElastiNET is designed to meet this order,” said Jimmy Mizrahi EVP Global Portfolio at ECI.

Neptune is a family of carrier, MPLS based, of multi-service packet transport platforms with a mix of interfaces. The platform supports and offers cost-optimized, multi-service packet transport, supporting delivery of both packet and TDM-based services over a converged packet infrastructure. It gives customers multilayer visibility and control with carrier grade service assurance and a comprehensive solution from demarcation to core with the elastic multiservice.

The ElastiNET solution has been integrated for efficient and seamless interworking with the optical backbone to support the low latency, synchronization distribution, reliability and security that are now necessary to deliver best in class services. The new Neptune class of products will support and complement ECI's family offering with end-to-end ELASTIC MPLS solutions for mobile backhaul.

For carriers that are on their way to 5G, ECI's solutions will make the initial steps more achievable by pairing the company's Mercury NFV solutions, which support edge computing along with LightCONTROL SDN solutions, this according to Mizrahi.

Edited by Alicia Young

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