Posts about Optical Networking

The number of connected devices is set to overtake world population this year (8.4 billion), while more than half of us are already using the internet today. This incredible growth in connectivity is driving a huge volume of digital traffic and imposing advanced networking requirements ...

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Once upon a time, there lived a network magician named Comnetix in the kingdom of Reticulo, but he was sad and desperate. His king wanted him to earn more gold coins with communication services, although increasing capacity requirements and stagnating revenue had killed profitability many years ago. And Comnetix had no idea how to prevent being thrown into the dungeon.
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Earlier this year, I gave one of the biggest keynotes of my career at OFC/NFOEC. The focus was whether or not the optical networking industry has lost its mojo. At the time, I didn't realize how many conversations this topic would start. Since then, thousands of people have watched the video of my keynote and reviewed the supporting slides. What's more, people continue to start discussions with me on this topic.
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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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I believe that IP/Optical integrated network solutions are working and available from a technical perspective these days. Indeed, companies have shown and tested colored optical router interface interworking with DWDM transport systems, control plane interworking for automated service set-up and network restoration, and integration of router and optical transport domains into a common network management platform. However, I think that there are other non-technical challenges that are blocking the introduction of integrated solutions.
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