About Michael Ritter

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As Vice President of Technical Marketing and Analyst Relations, Michael Ritter drives the vision of ADVA Optical Networking’s innovative Optical+Ethernet technology portfolio into the marketplace. Recognizing current technology architectures while keeping an eye on the network trends of the future, Michael helps ADVA Optical Networking to best position the company technology and solutions for its global service provider and enterprise customers.

Posted by Michael Ritter on March 27, 2019
“Fiber optics are elementary for 5G.” That’s a statement made in many blogs and articles over the past twelve months. Seen as a key enabling technology for successful initial 5G rollouts, major upgrades to optical network infrastructure have been widely predicted, fueling the optical transport network market in the near term ...
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What can we look forward to next year in optical networking? With many new players entering the ecosystem, the debate looks likely to get hotter between technology lovers, people focusing on simplicity and operational aspects and proponents of machine intelligence. Several trends will greatly impact the way we build optical networks going forward ...

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While optical DCI applications for disaster recovery and business continuity have been a well-established part of the DCI market for over 20 years, the past five years have seen a sharp rise in demand for optical connectivity to interconnect hyperscale data centers. In fact, a new market for high-capacity DWDM solutions has been created, primarily driven by the so-called FAMGAs - Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple - and requiring different functionalities and characteristics compared to the traditional WDM markets ...

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New cloud services, the internet of things and the evolution of mobile networks towards 5G are driving capacity needs in the metro to unprecedented levels. In an effort to overcome bandwidth bottlenecks, reduce cost and ensure scalability, more and more network operators are now turning to flex-coherent technologies. Total capacity and lowest cost per bit are two critical metrics in the metro. That's why software-defined, flex-coherent optics - which can efficiently carry 100G, 200G and even up to 600G of capacity on a single wavelength - are so important for metro applications ...

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