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In the 2018 IHS Markit Optical Network Strategies Service Provider survey, it was found that, “of service providers using optical transmission and switching equipment, 47 percent of respondents indicated interest in the use of disaggregated optical equipment in their networks, up from 33 percent in 2016.”

In Pipeline’s latest issue on Innovation, our own CTO Dean Campbell tackles what “open” truly means and the pros and cons that come with it. Read more below, or click to read the full article in Pipeline’s latest issue here.

As a quick excerpt from the article, check out a pro and con below pertaining to  an open optical systems model:

Pro

  • Openness holds the promise of an environment where software applications manage, monitor and provision elements across the network regardless of the manufacturer.

Con

  • The downside to the open optical systems model is that it may inhibit the creation of new and innovative features.

Mr. Campbell states, “Historically, ‘open’ developments often meet resistance from the entrenched leaders at first, but are then accepted and embraced as both consumer and creators of product realize that focus on consistency, compatibility and interoperability benefits everyone. It appears that the telecommunications market is at an inflection point, with standardization and interoperability just beginning to unlock the power of software automation and allowing the technical creative forces to focus on advanced functionalities that are required to drive the next leap in communications capabilities,” in The Impacts of Open Optical Systems – Now & In the Future.

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