A Comprehensive Optical Solution

For over a decade, service providers and enterprises alike have relied on Cisco for metro, regional, long haul, and data center optical transport networks. These networks transport huge quantities of data at high rates over great distances, providing the foundation for all WANs.

The ONS 15454 MSTP comes in three chassis options.


The smallest chassis provides two slots for traffic (three slots total). The M2 runs with a single node controller.

Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform m2


This chassis provides six available slots for traffic (eight slots total). Similarly to the M12 it supports a multi-shelf configuration to extend the total node capacity.

Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform m6


The classic 12-slot (17 slots total), 48 VDC, small-footprint chassis is available with AC or DC power supply.

Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform m12


Cisco ushered optical transport into the modern era with the Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP) and continued its leadership by introducing the industry’s first widely deployed reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology. This brought the operational ease of use of the MSPP into dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks.

Cisco ROADM innovation continues into its fourth generation, with the first Single Module ROADM. It combines multidegree wavelength switching functionality with optical amplification and spectrum analysis in a single slot line card.

In combination with advanced features such as colorless and omnidirectional add/drop, the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) provides wavelength switched optical network (WSON) functionality. This embeds optical layer intelligence directly into optical network elements, to support true wavelength-on-demand services and dynamic restoration.

Gain Flexible Aggregation

Cisco optical transport aggregation solutions integrate packet, SONET, and OTN aggregation and switching into the DWDM transport platform. Customers will realize the benefits of efficient wavelength fill and tight communication among network layers.

Selected on a per card basis, a mix of Layer 1 services, time division multiplexing (TDM), and packet switching technologies can be deployed where needed. This can meet customer and network requirements, while reducing footprint and simplifying operations. The ONS 15454 MSTP can aggregate services into 2.5, 10, 40, and 100 Gb wavelengths.

Scale to 100 Gb and Beyond

As the optical transport industry consolidates around coherent technology for DWDM transport of 100 Gb services, Cisco has demonstrated a clear position of leadership. Cisco coherent technology, powered by nLight Silicon, promises to scale to even greater densities and higher bit rates, leading to 400 gigabit and terabit transport.

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