NEC’s expansion of All Optical Networks to accelerate the future of networking services
- The introduction of optical transmission products that adhere to open specifications
- All Optical Networks will enable the development of digital twins, societal change, and the emergence of new services and industries
Bandwidth is becoming more and more crucial for home and corporate networks in this “always connected” era of the internet. Since the inception of the internet, bandwidth requirements have steadily increased, with 5G, and smart cities, to name a few, being some of the few factors driving higher bandwidth. This highlights the significance of networking services for individuals to ensure an uninterrupted and always-available experience for them.
The world of network connectivity today sees these activities currently driving telecommunication networks to scale up, while optical fiber is being rolled out quicker all over the world. And the optical networking hardware that connects data centers to local exchanges and even directly to people’s homes or places of business serves as the foundation for these networks.
In light of this, NEC Corporation has just announced the launch of its “SpectralWave WX Series,” a series of open specifications-compliant, open optical transport solutions, to promote the growth of All Optical Networks. The Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) Phoenix initiative and Open ROADM standards are used to build the lineup.
Transport networks, which historically required both optical and electrical technologies, are undergoing a significant change as a result of the push for All Optical Networks. In the future, only optical transmission technology will be used from end to end. On October 1, 2022, the first four products will be made available.
How All Optical Networks will lead various networking services
The optical industry is being redefined by sophisticated all-optic networks, which are also reshaping the future. Light may move more quickly than electricity, allowing data to move more effectively across an all-optic network. This is only one of many advantages that an all-optic network can offer. Additionally, all-optic networks are not affected by particular protocols, electrical supply, or cooling systems.
NEC sees All Optical Networks as a cutting-edge, green infrastructure that will enable the development of digital twins, societal change, and the emergence of new services and industries. By offering these components, NEC will assist in the deployment of transport networks with high capacity, low latency, multiple connections, as well as cutting-edge security, resilience, and power-saving features.
In the past, vertical integration approaches were used to build transport networks using equipment from the same supplier. But because NEC’s new open optical transmission devices offer multi-vendor configurations, users can buy and mix equipment from other manufacturers in line with their demands.
Due to their compatibility with open specifications like Open ROADM and TIP’s Phoenix, these devices can support configurations that connect to the function blocks of APN-T, APN-G, and APN-I as defined by Open APN and under review by the IOWN Global Forum.
Additionally, NEC has extensive knowledge and expertise in large-scale carrier networks that it can use to deliver system integration in environments with multiple vendors while utilizing open optical transmission devices from the design to the operational phases.
According to Sou Satou, Senior Director, Network Solutions Business Division, NEC Corporation, NEC intends to market these devices to telecom providers, electric power companies, and operators of data centers throughout the world.
“Going forward, NEC will continue to contribute to the creation and expansion of open optical networks, aiming to acquire 25% of the future optical transport market by providing products that have grown in capacity from the current 400G to 800G and equipment that supports longer distances,” Satou added.
These products were created as a result of the financial and commercial partnership that NEC and NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION (NTT, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, President & CEO: Akira Shimada) established in June 2020. According to the agreement, the companies carry out cooperative research and development and offer ICT goods made with cutting-edge optical and wireless technologies worldwide.
Given the shared promotion and vision of partners across the all-optical network industry, the 5G network may have the ability to integrate seamlessly with the all-optic network, enabling intelligence and simplicity for all users globally – notably those in the ASEAN region.
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