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6500 Packet-Optical Platform


Designed for modernized network applications, the 6500-D7/S8 configurations converge comprehensive Ethernet, TDM, and WDM capabilities with packet/OTN switching and an intelligent control plane for cost-effective delivery of services.


No. 1

Provides cost-optimized configuration options for efficient transport of flexible services over 2.5G to 200G wavelengths via a wide range of interchangeable circuit packs

No. 2

Enables simplified operations and reduced sparing costs through seamless networking flexibility with the entire 6500 Family, with one software load, one management system, and reusable cards across the various shelves

No. 3

Leverages AC and DC powering options for a perfect fit into various customer environments

No. 4

Supports both muxponder- and central fabric-based Optical Transport Network (OTN)/packet switching solutions, enabling costoptimized configurations for specific service connectivity requirements

No. 5

Offers industry-leading 10G, 40G, and 100G coherent and intelligent control plane capabilities for scale and service differentiation

No. 6

Utilizes field-replaceable common equipment units, ensuring no service impact during failures for improved network availability and customer satisfaction


  • +Shelf Variants
    • 6500-D7 Optical Type 2
    • 6500-S8 Packet-Optical
  • +Power Options
    • 6500-D7 Optical Type 2
      • DC breakered/fused Max 50A
      • 110/240V AC
    • 6500-S8 Packet-Optical
      • DC breakered/fused Max 50A
        DC breakered/breakerless/fused Max 60A
        DC breakered/fused Max 40A (Broadband/Photonic)
  • +Central Fabric Switching Capacity
    • 6500-D7 Optical Type 2
      • N/A
    • 6500-S8 Packet-Optical
      • 600G Packet/OTN switching
  • +Number of service card slots
    • 6500-D7 Optical Type 2
      • N/A
    • 6500-S8 Packet-Optical
      • 6 for Packet/OTN switching or Broadband applications
      • 8 for Photonic applications
  • +Supported service interface cards Packet/OTN switched modules
    • 6500-D7 Optical Type 2
      • N/A
    • 6500-S8 Packet-Optical
      • 10x10G PKT/OTN
      • 1x100G + 2x40G PKT/OTN
      • 100G DWDM PKT/OTN
      • 40G DWDM PKT/OTN
      • 16x2.7G OTN
      • 48xGbE
  • +Photonic Modules Transponders/Muxponders
    • Full suite of amplifiers, passive filters, 50GHz, 100GHz, flexible grid ROADMs, Colorless, Directionless, Contentionless
    • Coherent 100GE/OTU4 transponder
    • Coherent 100G muxponder (10x10G)
    • Coherent 100G/150G/200G line cards: metro, regional, long haul, ultra long haul, enhanced PMD, submarine
    • FIPS-certified AES-256 wire-speed coherent 100G/200G encryption solution
    • Coherent 200G client card: 2x100GE or 5x40GE/10GE
    • Coherent 100G client cards: 10x10GE, 10x10G multi-rate, 2x40G+2x10G, 100GbE/OTU4 client
    • Coherent 40G line cards: metro, regional, long haul, ultra long haul, enhanced PMD, submarine, colorless
    • Coherent 40G client cards: 4x10G multi-rate, 40G multi-rate
    • 4x10G multi-rate OTR with FIPS-certified AES-256 wire-speed encryption
    • SONET/SDH 10G ADM-on-a-blade: SuperMux
    • Ethernet: 152G eMOTR, 68G eMOTR Edge, 30G L2MOTR
    • OTN modules: 8-port OTN Flex MOTR (2.7G), 1+8 port OTN Flex MOTR (10G)
  • +Environmental Characteristics
    • Operating Temperature
      • +41° F to +104° F (+5° C to +40° C)
      • +23° F to +131° F (-5° C to +55° C) short term
    • Relative Humidity
      • 5% to 85% (non-condensing)
    • Earthquake/seismic
      • Zone 4
  • +Physical Characteristics
    • Physical Dimensions
      • 6500-D7 Optical Type 2
        • 10.5 in (H) x 17.3 in (W) x 11.1 in (D)
        • 267 mm (H) x 441 mm (W) x 281 mm (D)
      • 6500-S8 Packet-Optical
        • 12.2 in (H) x 17.3 in (W) x 11.1 in (D)
        • 310 mm (H) x 441 mm (W) x 281 mm (D)

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