Optical Networking


Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM)

Cisco DWDM solutions deliver massive scale, touchless programmability, and ease of use.


Network Convergence System 2000 (NCS 2000)

  • Colorless, Omni-directional, Flex Spectrum ROADM
  • Superior 100G port density
  • Multi-Layer Programmability

ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP)

  • Delivers any service type to any network location
  • Widely deployed across service provider, enterprise, and government customers
  • Features 2- to 8-degree reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADM)
  • Supports colorless and omnidirectional ROADM for touchless programmability
  • Excels in metro, regional, and long haul applications

Cisco ONS 15216 Series

  • Complete suite of passive components for use in DWDM networks
  • Minimizes loss, latency, and cost for simplified data center interconnect applications
  • Complements ONS 15454 MSTP ROADM configurations with passive add and drop
  • Supports up to 96 channels in the C-band

Packet Optical Transport Systems

Cisco Packet Optical Transport Systems bring transport ease of use to packet networks, and support multilayer network convergence.


Network Convergence System 4000 (NCS 4000)

  • DWDM, OTN, and Packet in one converged platform
  • Support for multi-chassis and back-to-back configurations
  • Full In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
  • Superior simplification in service management, turn-up, and monitoring

Cisco Carrier Packet Transport (CPT) System

  • Unifies both packet and transport with MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP)
  • Ideal for service providers who want to add services and improve delivery
  • Supports MPLS-TP, Ethernet, OTN, and DWDM in a single system
  • Exceptionally high GE/10 GE port density per rack unit


The Cisco SONET / SDH portfolio covers access, metro, and core solutions, while integrating DWDM and packet functions.


ONS 15454 Series Multiservice Provisioning Platforms (MSPP)

  • Ideal MSPP for voice, video, and data
  • Supports and optimizes next-generation transport networks
  • Supports aggregation and transport of services, from DS-1 to OC-192
  • Flexible, multirate, small form-factor pluggable (SFP)-based) Ethernet and optical modules
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  • Multiservice Switching Platform (MSSP) simplifies bandwidth management
  • Ideal for service providers integrating metro core and metro edge networks
  • Provides network availability, serviceability, software, and management
  • Supports all metro topologies, including point-to-point, rings, and mesh

Cisco ONS 15300 Series

  • Portfolio of SONET/SDH multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs)
  • Ideal for service providers seeking to offer differentiating services
  • Supports Gigabit Ethernet, 10/100 Ethernet, DS1/ E1, and DS3/E3 services
  • Applications include wideband digital cross-connect system functionality

Optical Network Management

Cisco offers an easily managed, next-generation optical network, with vendor-neutral, business-ready features.


Cisco Prime Optical

  • End-to-end management solution for Packet Optical Transport networks
  • Maintains an efficient and productive optical infrastructure managing fault, configuration, performance, and security
  • Powerful GUI-based management system that simplifies complex provisioning tasks
  • Significantly reduces the length of the network maintenance window, and cuts operating expenses

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