Download; Redback hits metro realm: Siara acquisition broadens customer base - eventually.(Company Business and Marketing)

Redback Networks is officially in the metropolitan optical space, six months after acquiring Siara Systems in a huge gamble to extend its product reach. Last week Redback, which previously focused on subscriber management systems, unveiled its first product from the Siara combination - the SmartEdge 800 - an integrated optical platform for the metro and access markets.

The target customers are carriers looking to accommodate the expected growth in broadband applications and services by blending optical transport with the creation and delivery of services. The new access network market is expected to be a $23 billion opportunity by 2001, according to Goldman Sachs.

The SmartEdge 800 reduces the provisioning, management and delivery cost of Sonet/SDH private-line services, and lets service providers deliver time division multiplexing (TDM) and IP services in a single box. …

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