“An open line system disaggregates the entire optical line from terminals and optical transponders, allowing network operators to choose transponder suppliers independently of the line,” explains Sterling Perrin Principal Analyst, Optical Networking & Transport at Heavy Reading Profile. “Our research indicates that just over one-fifth of operators intend to have disaggregated, multi-vendor optical line systems in place by the end of 2022. An additional 29% plan such deployments in 2023. Although these timeline may be on the optimistic and ambitious side, the results indicate a clear intent and direction toward truly disaggregated open optical lines.”
Heavy Reading on the central role of openness and automation
Heavy Reading has been closely examining key open optical networking trends: Open line systems, Machine learning, and coherent pluggable optics.