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Optical networking is an essential component of modern communications infrastructure, but it can be difficult to keep up with the rapid changes in technology and bandwidth demands. To ensure that your optical network is future-proof and ready for whatever comes next, there are a few key considerations you should take into account.

  • Use flexible filters with high channel spacing (200GHz). This will allow you to quickly add new channels without having to replace hardware or software components when you inevitably need them as new wavelengths are getting much wider and require higher capacity..
  • Be aware of any hidden costs when using alien wavelengths or unlocking part of the spectrum. Unfortunately, high licensing fees are not uncommon..
  • Ensure your system is Coherent in order to reduce latency and increase reliability. This means getting rid of dispersion compensation, RZ transponders and other components that can increase the cost of your system without providing meaningful benefits.
  • Review your current optical infrastructure with an eye toward scalability and look for a system that allows you to launch from a router directly into the network. This will eliminate the need for transponders and will reduce costs, as well as complexity when it comes time to upgrade or add new channels in the future.

By following these tips, you can ensure your optical network is ready for whatever the future holds. Optical networking is a powerful technology that enables us to stay connected and transfer data quickly, securely and reliably. And as technology continues to evolve, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest trends. With LightRiver’s advanced engineering capabilities and expertise in optical networking technology, we can help you make the most of your infrastructure while keeping costs down.

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