Posts about Optical

For someone who "grew up" in the Internet/dot.com era (1993-1997ish), where men were men and the fastest commercial Internet backbone at the beginning of the '90s ran at T-3 (45 Mbps) speeds over fiber, it's alternatively humbling and cool to be on a 20 Mbps home cable connection with 100 Gbps optical network links slowly and steadily being turned up around the world. Just how fast can the world go in the next decade?
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Late June every summer, the optical networking community convenes on the French Riviera to ruminate about hot topics in the field of optical networking at the “WDM and Next-Generation Optical Networking” conference. This year was no different, with Andrew Schmitt, Directing Analyst with Infonetics Research opening and chairing the sessions of the first day. In his introductory talk Andrew showed a slide summarizing the state of 100G solutions as follows: In 2011 network operators had the choice between two vendors for commercial deployment of 100G systems. In 2012 the list has grown substantially by a factor of five – a point rendered un-debatable by the long list of sponsoring vendors showcasing their 100G solutions(s) in the adjacent exhibition area.
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After a few days out of the office, I found myself yesterday thrown into a hectic schedule of analyst briefings and development calls. At the end of the day, one fact was undeniable - there’s a definite buzz in the optical networking space. As I mentioned in an earlier post, our global networks are at the first stage of what Infonetics Research is calling an optical reboot: The rebuilding of the networks’ core on a foundation of 40/100G, OTN and ROADM technologies.
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