NEC Corp. has launched the iPASOLINK platform, a new breed of product and the key building block in the transformation of backhaul networks for LTE. The modular, flexible, all-in-one converged design of iPASOLINK – incorporating packet, microwave and optical technologies – ensures network operators can deploy high-performance, next-generation networks without incurring unnecessary costs. Following a period of extensive customer consultation and trials, the first products will be delivered and installed in networks around the world from September 2010.

At the core of the iPASOLINK platform is a powerful traffic switch that delivers efficient aggregation, advanced Quality of Service features and low latency. In addition, it incorporates the company’s high-capacity microwave transmission technology, which is capable of large capacity delivery of gigabits-per-second throughputs using high modulations and a Cross Polarization Interface Canceller (XPIC). In future releases, iPASOLINK will support multiple 10 Gbps optical Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) interfaces.

The technical features of iPASOLINK are delivered on a highly configurable platform. Hardware functionality can be tailored to each network application with the use of plug-and-play modules, while advanced traffic management features can be added through non-service-affecting, pay-as-you-grow software upgrades.

“The NEC iPASOLINK is a game changer: it is designed to support the evolution from today’s hybrid Time Division Multiplexing and Ethernet backhaul towards the full IP transport required by LTE, while significantly reducing the cost of ownership thanks to its all-in-one converged design,” said Hiroyasu Ishii, General Manager of the Global Network Division, Global Carrier Solutions Operations Unit, NEC Corp.

He continued, “Its flexible modular architecture allows operators to optimize their network strategies and invest gradually and in step with actual service and traffic demands. This design, combined with NEC’s unparalleled engineering reliability and simple installation, ensures iPASOLINK delivers outstanding value to operators.”