Concepts like 5G, network automation and IoT are coming into tangible focus. The reason is simple: innovation. However, with developers neck deep in innovation, there is another key component to the digital transformation that deserves some attention: interoperability. While this is clearly not an overnight process, Ciena is certainly doing its due diligence to accelerate the process, as today it announced the availability of its WaveLogic coherent modem technology available to a number of optical component leaders Oclaro, NeoPhotonics and Lumentum in the name of future development.
Each partner will play an integral role in building a standards-based ecosystem of the future. Ciena maintains its intellectual property, while Lumentum, NeoPhotonics and Oclaro are responsible for sales, distribution and manufacturing of the Ciena-designed modules built on the foundation of WaveLogic and additional optical components.
Another piece of the partnership is 400G pluggable technologies, as each company will work toward developing specifications and standards to share with standard-setting groups and industry forums. In addition, an element Ciena will focus on is coherent DSP technology that can then be integrated into the 400G pluggable modem solutions developed by various vendors.
“Making our WaveLogic coherent optics available to other industry players facilitates greater choice for network operators while accelerating innovation and driving interoperability across the industry. And for Ciena, we’re able to further diversify our business by accessing new geographies and addressing new customer segments to maximize the monetization potential of our modem technology,” noted James Frodsham, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Ciena
In taking an ecosystem approach, each of the newly added collaborators will serve to determine the best path for Ciena’s WaveLogic technology in terms of creating a roadmap of products to best serve the future of coherent optical networking.
Data center interconnect (DCI) requirements are serving as a driving force in developing more efficient, pocket-friendly and greater scale. Incorporating WaveLogic in the development process is a big step in creating the future, and as this sort of industry collaboration expands, so too will my eagerness to witness the results.
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Edited by Alicia Young