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Edgecore Networks unveils flagship 400G disaggregated cell site gateway

Edgecore Networks, the leader in open networking solutions, announces a new flagship 400G disaggregated cell site gateway (DCSG) to expand its DCSG product portfolio. The CSR440 400G cell site gateway solution enables carriers to upgrade their network infrastructure to 400G and address the challenges of 5G deployment and the tremendous traffic growth in the network. The Edgecore CSR440 offers an open and disaggregated platform that hosts software components from different NOS vendors, such as RtBrick, ADVA, IP Infusion, and Capgemini, which enable the device to act as an access or aggregation router in the network, or also fit a role in Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) applications.

The CSR440 provides a combination of 1/10/25Gbps, 50/100Gbps, and 100/400Gbps interfaces, utilizing a robust server-grade, 8-core, hyper-threading Intel Xeon processor and a Broadcom Qumran2a chipset to deliver 800Gbps switching capacity and advanced features with powerful processing power. The CSR440 supports IEEE 1588v2 full timing features with Class C accuracy and is capable of providing an 802.1CM Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) interface, supporting SRv6 technology and eCPRI encapsulation for upcoming xHaul applications and deployments. In addition, the CSR440 400G ports support high-powered optics, allowing operators to extend their service range and expand their market size.

The CSR440 is a temperature-hardened design, able to operate at a wide operational temperature range from -40˚C to 65˚C. The redundant hot-swappable power modules and 5+1 efficient modular fans provide high availability and hassle-free maintenance for mission critical applications, making the CSR440 an ideal choice for current LTE and emerging 5G mobile xHaul network solutions.

“Edgecore’s flagship 400G Cell Site Router CSR440 brings high-bandwidth connectivity to the access edge of our customer networks. Customers who are upgrading their network infrastructure using the temperature-hardened CSR440 can meet 5G backhaul and xHaul requirements at remote cell sites. Together with Edgecore’s software partners supporting the CSR440, we are accelerating the adoption of open networking for 5G and BNG applications,” said Nanda Ravindran, VP of Product Management, Edgecore Networks.

“The introduction of Edgecore’s 400G Cell Site Router offers higher bandwidth to wireless and wireline Service Providers,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO, IP Infusion. “Edgecore and IP Infusion together provide cost-effective, higher performance solutions that enable new applications for innovative services.”

“The arrival of the CSR440 from Edgecore gives operators even more choice in the way they deploy disaggregated networks,” said Hannes Gredler, CTO at RtBrick Inc. “Disaggregation allows telcos to pick and choose the software that best suits their needs, such as RtBrick’s BNG routing software for example, and now they can deploy it on this compact high-performance switch that can even be located in hardened operating environments.”

“Edgecore’s new 400G DCSG is a key milestone in disaggregated 5G networking. With our feature-rich Ensemble Activator NOS running on the Edgecore CSR440, carriers can deploy an agile, scalable multi-vendor mobile architecture built on best-in-class components and capable of unprecedented capacity,” said Mike Heffner, SVP and GM of Edge Cloud, ADVA. “Edgecore is a company that shares our commitment to openness and collaboration. Now it’s offering a way to escape the constraints of closed proprietary systems while also addressing soaring data demand.”

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