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Technologies affecting optical networks in the next decade
Technologies affecting optical networks in the next decade
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Turkcell and Huawei Complete the World’s Leading 800G Trial on the Live Carrier Network
Turkcell and Huawei Complete the World’s Leading 800G Trial on the Live Carrier Network
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China Mobile Guangdong and Huawei Announce First Enterprise Private Line Service Based on NG OTN
China Mobile Guangdong and Huawei Announce First Enterprise Private Line Service Based on NG OTN
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CAT Cooperates with Huawei to Build Southeast Asia’s First International OTN Premium Private Line Network
CAT Cooperates with Huawei to Build Southeast Asia’s First International OTN Premium Private Line Network
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South Africa's Rain and Huawei Build the First 5G Transport Networks Using OXC+200G Solution
South Africa's Rain and Huawei Build the First 5G Transport Networks Using OXC+200G Solution
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CONTENT LIBRARY: 2020 PLATINUM SPONSOR CIENA


Chalk Talk: WaveLogic 5 Nano 100G-400G Footprint-Optimized Coherent Pluggable Solutions
Chalk Talk: WaveLogic 5 Nano 100G-400G Footprint-Optimized Coherent Pluggable Solutions

Joe Shapiro, Sr. Director Product Line Management, describes how the role of coherent technology is evolving across networks, and provides insights into Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Nano footprint-optimized 100G-400G solutions.

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Infobrief: WaveLogic 5 Nano 400ZR Transceiver
Infobrief: WaveLogic 5 Nano 400ZR Transceiver

Ciena’s WaveLogic™ 5 Nano 400ZR Transceiver incorporates Ciena’s advanced coherent optical technology to deliver footprint-optimized 400G interconnect for extended-fabric, nextgeneration Data Center Interconnect (DCI) and high-capacity access applications.

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Infobrief: WaveLogic 5 Nano 100G-400G Transceivers
Infobrief: WaveLogic 5 Nano 100G-400G Transceivers

Ciena’s WaveLogic™ 5 Nano family of standards based and extended-reach 100G-400G pluggable transceivers incorporates Ciena’s advanced coherent optical Transceiver-on-Chip technology to deliver footprint-optimized 100G-400G interconnect for next-generation access, metro regional and Data-Center Interconnect (DCI) network applications.

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CHALKTALK: WaveLogic 5 Extreme
CHALKTALK: WaveLogic 5 Extreme

Joe Shapiro, Senior Director, Product Line Management, explains how Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme provides tunable bandwidth from 200G-800G so network providers can maximize capacity, automate, and evolve to 400G-interface switches and routers with efficient 400GbE client connect across any distance—from across the metro to across the Pacific.

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CHALKTALK: WaveLogic 5 Extreme – The Network Efficiency Story
CHALKTALK: WaveLogic 5 Extreme – The Network Efficiency Story

Watch this interactive video by Helen Xenos, Sr. Director Portfolio Marketing at Ciena, as she explains in simple terms how Ciena’s new coherent technology redefines what’s possible in optical transport with WaveLogic 5 Extreme. With advanced DSP, high baud operation and programmable capacity from 200G to 800G, Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme provides a step-function improvement in network scalability, as well as unmatched footprint, power and cost efficiencies.

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INFOBRIEF: Building More Scalable and Programmable Networks with WaveLogic 5 Extreme
INFOBRIEF: Building More Scalable and Programmable Networks with WaveLogic 5 Extreme

More capacity per wavelength. Longer reach at any capacity. And lower cost per bit. With these benefits, Ciena’s WaveLogic™ 5 Extreme helps network providers modernize their networks to maintain the rapid innovation that delivers the services and level of experience customers crave

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BLOG: How pluggables fit into Ciena’s coherent optical investment strategy
BLOG: How pluggables fit into Ciena’s coherent optical investment strategy

Greg Friesen gives an update on Ciena's coherent optical investment strategy and provides some insights into what is next, including details around what Ciena’s coherent pluggable solution offering will look like. Greg Friesen is responsible for the development and introduction of Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions including the 6500, Reconfigurable Line System, and Waveserver® products.

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WEBINAR: Ciena’s Optical Series
WEBINAR: Ciena’s Optical Series

Hosted by Ciena experts and moderator, Helen Xenos, Senior Director Portfolio Marketing, this on-demand webinar series discusses strategies and drivers for change, as well as the latest innovations emerging in optical networking. On-Demand Webinars in the Series:


  • Performance vs. Pluggables. Making the Right Coherent Technology Choice. This webinar will address this question, and more, including case studies performed on real customer networks.
  • Plug and Play. What You Need to Know for Practical Deployment of Coherent Plugs. Hear about key foundational technologies and components required to build coherent plugs and the network applications where their modularity and density benefits really shine.
  • Battle of the Bands. Get More Spectrum for More Fiber Capacity. Which technology will prevail in this battle? 2 x C-band? Super C-band? C&L-band? We’ll examine each architecture and compare the technical specifications, costs, and operational considerations.
  • Keys to Optimization. Unlock Your Network’s Potential with SDN Applications. Learn about the role of software control and automation in driving successful network evolution.
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White paper downloads: 2020 Gold Sponsor Infinera

Infinera is the industry leader in high performance optical transmission with our ICE6 optical engines.  To find out how we do it, check out our white papers:


Maximizing the Capacity-Reach of 800G Generation Coherent: Baud Rates, Features, and Modem SNR
Maximizing the Capacity-Reach of 800G Generation Coherent: Baud Rates, Features, and Modem SNR

High-end coherent optical technology is evolving to an 800 Gb/s generation. However, not all coherent optical engines are able to deliver the same levels of performance. This white paper explains how an ultra-high baud rate, innovative features, and a high modem signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) enable Infinera’s 800G generation ICE6 optical engine to maximize wavelength capacity-reach.

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Faster, Further, Smoother: The Case for Probabilistic Constellation Shaping
Faster, Further, Smoother: The Case for Probabilistic Constellation Shaping

Probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS) addresses many of the limitations of conventional QAM-based coherent modulation. This white paper explains its benefits, how it works, and the enhancements that can maximize its value.

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The Ultimate Guide to Higher Baud Rates
The Ultimate Guide to Higher Baud Rates

With no end in sight to traffic growth from video, cloud, and DCI, and with the full impact of 5G yet to be felt, network operators need to scale capacity cost-effectively while minimizing power consumption and footprint. Increasing baud rates enables a proportional increase in the data rate of a wavelength with minimal impact on its reach, reducing cost per bit, power consumption, and footprint over a range of distances while also reducing OpEx. In this white paper, learn how optical vendors are evolving coherent optics technology with ever-higher baud rates to support ever-increasing bandwidth demand.

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PAM4 v. Coherent: Solutions for High Speed Networking Whitepaper
PAM4 v. Coherent: Solutions for High Speed Networking Whitepaper
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CONTENT LIBRARY: 2020 GOLD SPONSOR CISCO SYSTEMS


Solutions for IP Optimized Optical Transport
Solutions for IP Optimized Optical Transport
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A Transformative Architecture Challenging Present Modes of Operation
A Transformative Architecture Challenging Present Modes of Operation
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Network Modernization: A TDM to IP Solution
Network Modernization: A TDM to IP Solution
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COVID-19 MARKET IMPACT: DIGITAL CONSUMER SERVICES EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Introduction by Michael Philpott, Senior Practice Leader – Connected Home, Omdia

The Coronavirus pandemic highlights more than ever the importance of having a reliable, high-speed and high-quality broadband service to our homes. With many countries experiencing a lock-down of some kind, everything from shopping, to education, work, communication, entertainment, and even health, has had to be done from home and broadband has powered it all. However, it also highlights a darker-side of connected life, with vendors confirming an up-surge in hacking and other malicious attacks on home devices during the pandemic. This illustrates the importance of not just having a good quality service to our homes, but the need for that service to be a secure one. The service broadband operators deliver have always been important, but perhaps never as important as they are now. Now is the time for broadband service providers to prove their critical value propositions to their customers, and ensure they are seen as the crucial providers of the best quality of experience in the connected home.

THE ICPS: BULLYING THE CSPS - EXCLUSIVE OMDIA REPORT

ICPs, telcos, and enterprises are all building expansive data centres as well as seeking extra capacity through third parties as they expand their scale and offerings. Integral to building these global systems to connect ever-growing network of data centres is the partnership with the CSP. These ICP connectivity networks consist of lit services provided by the CSP, existing dark-fibre networks, and commissioned networks both wholly owned and within partnerships.

According to a recent Omdia report, in the very high bandwidth data centre interconnect portion of the market, ICPs are pressuring CSPs to construct and deliver more dark fibre-based networks where dark fibre is available. This is to handle the increased traffic where very high bandwidths are vital. But what is driving this traffic?

Video streaming and cloud gaming

On the consumer side, many of these drivers are clearly apparent. Video streaming demand (a market set to be worth $184.3 billion by 2027) has ramped up with premium media service providers, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ (releasing March 24th in the UK), bolstering infrastructure to deliver competitive customer experiences and support for ultra-high definition streaming. Similarly, cloud gaming is another innovation seen in recent years that is driving up high bandwidth demands. Google Stadia has given us tantalizing glimpses of the future of video gaming and its utter, and expected, reliance on a stable high-speed internet connection.

Growth at the intersection of edge computing

Enterprise want dark fibre to move their networks as far out, and as close to the end user, as possible to reduce latency, increase performance of applications, and relieve bandwidths requirements form the core network (reducing data centre costs).

Moving computing to the edge can benefit enterprises and their customers alike, this is most demonstrably seen within the retail industry. The growth of consumers moving to the digital experience has transformed expectations of bricks-n-mortar retailers. With the personalization and interactivity e-commerce provides shoppers online, edge computing can shift the computation closer to the input devices themselves – creating seamless and immediate personalised in-store experiences. 

ICPs next move

ICPs want dark fibre as a key part of their roadmap to meet the above-mentioned demands, as well as other underlying business and technology forces, such as evolving to a new cloud connectivity-tuned ecosystem. However, a select few wholesale oriented CSPs can offer dark fibre at such scale. In many international markets, a wholesale dark fibre market does not exist as incumbent CSPs have fibre but might not be structured to support dark fibre. As a result, ICPs are expanding beyond their lead markets of North America and Europe in search of other markets to play ball.

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COVID-19 Market Impact: Digital Consumer Services Executive Summary

The Coronavirus pandemic highlights more than ever the importance of having a reliable, high-speed and high-quality broadband service to our homes.

With many countries experience a lock-down of some kind, everything from shopping, to education, work, communication, entertainment, and even health, has had to be done from home and broadband has powered it all.

The service broadband operators deliver have always been important, but perhaps never as important as they are now. Now is the time for broadband service providers to prove their critical value propositions to their customers, and ensure they are seen as the crucial providers of the best quality of experience in the connected home.

Download this executive summary to gain valuable insight into how this pandemic is impacting the Broadband Services Industry.

Step Into the light

Optical transport networks will play a vital role in supporting the visions of network operators in the cloud and 5G era. This report, by Adrian Pennington, looks at how they must evolve in terms of technology capabilities and open architecture.

Convergence, Density and the Search for Capacity - Interview


Catch our interview with Roshene McCool, Market and Technology Development Manager at Corning.

"So, I think the 3 key trends I've noticed are convergence, density and the search for capacity by all available means. Convergence, simply put, is anything that needs to be connected to the network is connected to the same network. That means that not only do we have this proliferation of endpoints but we also have a more complex set of things being connected to the network. That is driving fibre closer to the subscriber, it's increasing density and increasing the number of endpoints - especially in our towns and cities. Finally, the search for capacity by all available means - whether that's by using a larger number of fibres, denser cables, higher bandwidths or searching for higher spectrally efficient fibres."

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Data Center Optics at the Heart of the Hyperdata World
Data Center Optics at the Heart of the Hyperdata World

Data Center Optics at the Heart of the Hyperdata World

In 'Data Center Optics at the Heart of the Hyperdata World', EXFO explores how the exponential growth of the information generated, transported and processed by data center interconnections in the upcoming years will continue to dramatically change the market in ways never seen before.

The whitepaper also covers:

  • Data center technology requirements
  • Data center transceivers
  • User scenarios
  • When and where iOptics should be used
  • What does the iOptics solution validate


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Encryption Solution | An Advanced Cryptography Engine
Encryption Solution | An Advanced Cryptography Engine

The rate of data transfer between any two points on the network continues to grow without restraint. With service providers capable of pushing more bits farther on the network than ever before, more opportunity there is for the data to be subject to unlawful intercept, with more data being accessible at any point.

To address this issue, the European Union (EU) has developed the GDPR. EKINOPS encryption solution is an advanced cryptography engine that uses field-proven, industry standard methods. The EKINOPS PM CRYPTO module uses the strongest AES-GCM 256 based encryption to provide the highest level of security from end-to-end.

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Network Optimization in the 600G Era
Network Optimization in the 600G Era

With the rise of the likes of cloud-based applications, data center interconnections and video streaming, to name a few, bandwidth demand from consumer and enterprise applications continues to grow. 

The question therefore remains: how do operators plan a network to maximize capacity and reach, in order to supply the bandwidth necessary? 

As Acacia discuss in this whitepaper, the answer lies in a multi-faceted approach. Introducing the AC1200 coherent module, they examine how operators can harness this coherent solution in order to achieve high-performance and high-flexibility, and improve efficiency and maximize capacity utilization whilst reducing network costs.

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Elastic Open Optical Line System: Enabling Disaggregated Optical Transport
Elastic Open Optical Line System: Enabling Disaggregated Optical Transport

The goal of disaggregated optical networks is to spur price competition and facilitate optimized performance for varied optical transport applications. In this report, The Elastic Network examine how to create a powerful and economical disaggregated multivendor optical network, by harnessing the power of their solution. 

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Ciena: The Future of Coherent Optical Networking
Ciena: The Future of Coherent Optical Networking

Over the past decade, network providers have been using coherent technology to increase traffic-carrying capacity by orders of magnitude over existing fiber assets. The migration to cloud, the popularity of OTT content, 5G, and an increasing dependency on on-demand, low-latency connectivity have led to an inflection point where network providers are now evaluating innovative approaches to elevate their customers’ experiences.

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5G Ethernet X-Haul
5G Ethernet X-Haul

In this whitepaper, Transpacket explores the concept of Ethernet X-Haul. Discussed extensively in  the mobile industry in connection with 5G, the idea is to have an Ethernet based converged transport network serving multiple purposes including fronthaul and backhaul. The whitepaper presents the RAN architectures under consideration for 5G, and their consequences in terms of requirements for the transport network.

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Micro OTN in Network Modernization
Micro OTN in Network Modernization

SM-Optics' whitepaper explores how network modernization is an investment that results in a twofold solution. The first being the complete decommissioning of SDH; removing this layer to achieve flattening of the infrastructure, massive Opex cost reduction and simplification of network and service set up.

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Cube Optics
Cube Optics

The HUBER+SUHNER CUBO mini 100G ODD is the first device to take advantage of the wide variety of 100G QSFP28 transceivers covering different distances up to 25km. And it has two QSFP28 slots implementing a layer 1 optical conversion between the two slots. This approach not only makes the setup simple “plug & play” but also enables full transparency of all higher levels at the lowest possible latency. The CUBO mini 100G ODD also supports OTU4 as well as 40G.

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Micromux and Teraflex
Micromux and Teraflex

Traffic growth and the move towards cloud-based services are driving the need for more capacity and speed in today’s data centre interconnect networks. ICPs and CNPs need to rapidly scale their DCI networks while retaining simplicity and meeting evolving density and power requirements. If you’re exploring opportunities to balance your current needs with future demand, ADVA’s whitepaper have the answers you might be looking for.

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Solving the 5G Network Connectivity Challenge
Solving the 5G Network Connectivity Challenge

5G is set to change networking as we know it. Still, it presents mobile network operators with a one in a generation opportunity and the potential to support a wide range of services. In ‘Solving the 5G Network Connectivity Challenge’, ECI explores the seven key areas that MNOs need to focus on to evolve the traditional mobile backhaul network into a 5G connectivity fabric, the challenges they present and what can be done to overcome them. Are you also excited about the opportunities 5G presents MNOs? Would you like to learn more about 5G?

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TXF Optical Fiber Featuring Ultra-Low-Loss and Large Effective Area for Extended Reach
TXF Optical Fiber Featuring Ultra-Low-Loss and Large Effective Area for Extended Reach

Corning's latest optical fiber innovation, TXF optical fiber is a G.654.E compliant product featuring ultra-low-loss and large effective area. The fiber is designed to extend reach in long-haul networks, and is of particular value to network operators planning to increase capacity by upgrading to data rates beyond 100Gb/s.

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