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ADTRAN Announces Optical Solution for Smart Grid Applications

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–ADTRAN®, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading supplier of next-generation networking solutions, today announced an IEEE 1613-compliant model of its industry-leading OPTI-6100® Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP). Components of this OPTI-6100 platform have been designed and tested to comply with the IEEE 1613TM, “Standard Environmental and Testing Requirements for Communications Networking Devices in Electric Power Substations” standard, which outlines the guidelines for equipment operation in the presence of electromagnetic interference. The additional compliance validation will expand applications for the OPTI-6100 in the utility industry and allow customers to benefit from the many operational efficiencies of this platform.

“IEEE 1613 compliance provides utility companies with confidence that products meet stringent industry standards for electromagnetic interference and will not disrupt their network operation,” said Andrew Schmitt, directing analyst, optical, Infonetics. “Utilities represent a large percentage of non-service provider optical spending and the recent $4.5B in stimulus funding for Smart Grids will catalyze even more spending in this sector. Products like the OPTI-6100 are a good fit for the private optical backbones of the utilities and the custom hardware required by IEEE 1613 is a barrier to entry.”

“This will allow us to expand the market reach of the OPTI-6100 platform,” said Jason Morgan, director of product management, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “This certification comes as a direct result of customer requests. Already realizing the many efficiencies of the OPTI-6100, utility customers expressed a need to extend use of the platform into other areas of their network. We are happy to meet this need, allowing them to reap even greater rewards from their ADTRAN equipment.”

The OPTI-6100 is a high-density, compact, multi-service optical access and aggregation platform. It is perfectly suited for delivery of high density DS1s or E1s, Ethernet over SONET/PDH, Ethernet aggregation, TDM over Pseudowire, multiple DS3/E3 delivery, customer premises service delivery, and mobile backhaul. Services are configured via plug-in units, which are provisioned according to the service needs of individual locations. The flexibility of multiple plug-in units eliminates the need for separate network elements and minimizes CAPEX and OPEX by delivering TDM and Ethernet services from a single system. It supports existing OPTI-6100 interfaces and services and provides for reliable, carrier-class operation in harsh environments.


ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment, with a portfolio of more than 1,700 solutions for use in the last mile of today’s telecommunications networks. Widely deployed by carriers and enterprises alike, ADTRAN solutions enable voice, data, video, and Internet communications across copper, fiber, and wireless network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by every major U.S. service provider and many global ones, as well as by thousands of public, private and governmental organizations worldwide.

For more information, contact the company at 800 9ADTRAN (800-923-8726) or via email at On the Web, visit

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