Thursday, September 15, 2022

NEC debuts SpectralWave for disaggregated optical transport

NEC introduced its "SpectralWave WX Series" a lineup of open specifications-compliant, open optical transport products. 

The products, which were developed in collaboration with NTT, are based on standards defined by Open ROADM and Telecom Infra Project's (TIP) Phoenix initiative. 

NEC sees the push for All Optical Networks as a marked shift in transport networks, which have conventionally required both optical and electrical technologies, but will be simplified to only optical transmission technology from end-to-end in the future. Initially, four products will be released on October 1, 2022. 

The compliance with open specifications such as Open ROADM and TIP's Phoenix enable these devices to support configurations that connect to the function blocks of APN-T, APN-G and APN-I as defined by Open APN, and under examination by the IOWN Global Forum (*1). 

"NEC aims to market these products to telecommunications carriers, electric power companies and data center operators throughout the world," said Sou Satou, Senior Director, Network Solutions Business Division, NEC Corporation. "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."

ETSI adopts its first O-RAN spec

ETSI has adopted the first O-RAN specification as ETSI TS 103 859, namely ‘O-RAN Fronthaul Control, User and Synchronization Plane Specification v7.02’. 

The document focuses on Open Fronthaul, one of interfaces in the O-RAN Architecture for open and intelligent Radio Access Networks. It specifies the control plane, user plane and synchronization plane protocols used over the fronthaul interface linking the O-DU (O-RAN Distributed Unit) and the O-RU (O-RAN Radio Unit) for the lower layer functional splits. The scope of TS 103 859 includes both LTE and NR (5G).

“Recognition of O-RAN specifications by ETSI is another major step in enabling broad adoption of Open RAN,” said Claire Chauvin, O-RAN Board member and Strategy Architecture and Standardization Director at Orange. “Having the O-RAN specification available as an ETSI specification adds further endorsement desired by commercial and public sector entities in a range of countries.”

“The O-RAN specification has been approved as an ETSI specification after a thorough review and requested revisions by our experts,” said Dominique Everaere, Chair of the ETSI Mobile Standards Group Technical Committee. “When specifications go through the ETSI PAS process, they need to comply with the ETSI rules, and the ETSI committee in charge of these specifications works with the organization to ensure they align with existing procedures for approval as ETSI standards.”

ADVA launches AccesWave25 optical transceiver

ADVA launched its AccessWave25 pluggable optical transceiver for mobile X-Haul, cable access and wholesale networks.

The SFP28 transceiver offers 25 Gbps connectivity and a reach of 40km and features G.metro auto-tuning technology to reduce provisioning efforts and simplify operations. It uses less than 3 watts and has an I-temp hardened design.

“Our AccessWave25 is the key to unlocking more bandwidth at the edge. Now network operators have an easy, low-cost way to address soaring bandwidth consumption that doesn’t require extra real estate or cause major disruption to services. And as well as boosting capacity, the AccessWave25™ offers a substantial increase in reach. While today’s solutions can’t go beyond 15km, our new pluggable device uses PAM4 modulation and direct-detection technology to support data transport up to 40km,” said Christoph Glingener, CEO of ADVA. “Simple to deploy and ideally suited for outdoor use, our AccessWave25 device will be the foundation for the next generation of optical access networks.”

“The latest addition to our pluggable technology portfolio answers the most urgent needs of our customers in a wide range of industries. From the core to the metro to access networks, our product range offers a plug for almost every situation,” commented Saeid Aramideh, VP of business development at Optical Engines, ADVA. “OurAccessWave25™ is a vital addition to our AccessWave family of pluggable devices and features our latest G.metro technology. Either with a third-party OLS or with our turnkey FSP 3000 solution for passive optical access networks, our pluggable technology provides the tools for tackling relentless growth in data consumption as well as the ever-changing demands of optical access networks.”

OE Solutions launches DCO transceivers for access

OE Solutions is launching portfolio of digital coherent optical transceivers targeted at access network applications, including wireless mid-/back-haul as well as aggregation and backhaul in MSO networks. The portfolio supports a range of form factors with QSFP28, QSFP-DD and CPF2 and high-output power options as well as both standard and industrial temperature ranges. The first products support 100Gbps as well as 200Gbps.

The access network infrastructure is undergoing significant changes to accommodate the rapid growth in bandwidth consumption while also reducing the cost. One aspect of this trend is more capital- and space-efficient aggregation, which is increasingly deployed in unconditioned locations, such as outdoor pedestals or pole/wire-mounted enclosures. Such in-field aggregation creates a need for high- bitrate transceivers that are suitable for external deployment while also operationally easy to deploy and maintain.

Digital coherent optical (DCO) transceivers have been deployed for about a decade now but have mostly been used in long-haul core network and more recently in high-capacity metro networks. Many DCO transceivers features are attractive to access networks as well but the particular requirements of such applications, in particular price, form factor and environmental hardiness, have been a challenge. This is now changing with the next generation of DCO transceivers and access networks are poised to adopt them much more broadly.

OE Solutions is launching its portfolio of DCO transceivers, which are targeting access network applications. The first 100G QSFP28 and QSFP-DD transceivers are already shipping while additional features including CFP2, 200G multi-rate operation and industrial temperature (IT) operation are nearing release.

“We are excited to introduce OE Solutions’ digital coherent transceiver module to our customers,” said W.H. Lee, Director of Development for Coweaver Co., and added “This will significantly increase the value of our network solutions for our customers allowing them to scale with the increasing bandwidth demands in a widening application space.”

Walter Lee, GM and VP of the Optical Transceiver BU at OE Solutions stated “The launch of our coherent transceiver portfolio is an important milestone for OE Solutions as we build on our legacy as a leading supplier to the cable and wireless optical network market. We look forward to supporting the burgeoning application of coherent technology in access networks.”

Juniper advances its data center NetOps with Apstra Freeform

Juniper Networks expanded its multivendor data center automation and assurance platform with the introduction of Apstra Freeform, a tool to help manage and automate  data center operations regardless of topology and protocols used.

Freeform builds upon Apstra’s intent-based networking capabilities for full lifecycle data center management across a range of data center topologies and vendors, enabling a reliable user experience that encompasses the following key features:

  • New reference design covering any topology. With this new software release, Apstra simplifies IT operations by extending its intent-based networking capability to any protocol, any topology and any network domain. Customers can now choose the architecture that fits their business needs while taking advantage of Apstra capabilities.
  • Reliable operations. Apstra’s role as the single source of truth enables data center designs to be applied consistently, every time. Closed-loop feedback provides IT professionals with reliable operations across disparate infrastructure.
  • Value now accessible to more customers. As part of this new release, Juniper is introducing a new Apstra licensing model. Freeform extends Apstra capabilities to significantly more use cases. Customers can now choose from three licensing tiers with the option to seamlessly upgrade at any time as needed.

“Apstra continues to emphasize the importance of reliable and consistent multivendor data center operations,” said Mike Bushong, Group VP of Data Center Product Management at Juniper Networks. “With the introduction of Freeform, we are expanding operational efficiency further into the market. Freeform brings full control of the network design into the hands of data center operators, giving them complete flexibility and versatility. Without topology constraints, we are truly democratizing intent-based networking and allowing everyone to benefit from the best operational practices in the cloud era.”

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SD-WAN and SASE Summit 2022, 08/9-Nov-2022

The 7th edition of the Summit will take place next 8th and 9th November 2022 as an hybrid event (in-person in Paris and live streaming online) at the Hotel Pullman Paris Centre.

A special focus of the event will be SSE, as analysts, service providers and leading enterprises will discuss why it is no longer enough to offer a managed SD-WAN solution. To stay ahead, service providers must offer an integrated SASE or SSE solution on a global scale.

Other sessions cover Deployments, uCPE, Orchestration, ZTNA, AI and 5G architecture issues, especially SD-WAN network slicing.

Registration information is posted here:

Dell'Oro: Overall RAN market to top $45 B by 2030

 The high-level technology trends that have shaped the radio access network (RAN) capex cycles over the past 30-plus years are expected to play a significant role in determining the nature of RAN investments over the coming decade, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. In addition, the availability of more spectrum, in combination with the evolving scope of the RAN  forms the basis for the higher-than-historical growth rate projections – Fixed Wireless Access is already boosting the RAN market and enterprises are next. Following the 1 percent CAGR between 2000 and 2020, global RAN is projected to grow at a 2 percent CAGR between 2020 and 2030.  

“While we can with fairly high confidence level assume that 6G will be ready by the end of the decade, it is still early days to identify the underlying impetus that will characterize the initial 6G deployment phase,” said Stefan Pongratz, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “In this long-term forecast, the base case scenario is that the 5G cycle will be longer than the LTE investment phase, while 6G will start accelerating in the outer part of the forecast period to support the consumer MBB usage scenarios, closely emulating the 5G ramp ten years prior with wide-band sub-7 GHz macros delivering the most compelling RAN economics,” continued Pongratz.

Additional highlights from the new RAN 2030 Advanced Research Report:

  • Sub-7 GHz 6G Revenues to reach $10 B to $20 B by 2030.
  • Operators and enterprises will continue to embrace the movement towards virtualization, openness, and automation. At the same time, the RAN is not the core and the transition will be gradual. Even with 6G, we foresee that a significant portion of the RAN market will be based on custom silicon and proprietary interfaces – Open RAN is projected to account for more than 20 percent of total RAN by the end of the forecast period.
  • Although private LTE/5G adoption has to date been underwhelming, we still envision a world in which enterprises utilize both the unlicensed and licensed spectrums to solve their connectivity needs. Global private wireless RAN revenues are projected to approach $2 B by 2030.