Published On: Wed, Jan 20th, 2016

Packet Optical Transport

Packet optical transport covers technologies and architectures that enable the transport of IP packets on both fixed and mobile optical networks. Converged products include the functional switching capability of WDM wavelengths, Ethernet switching via various protocols, as well as TDM and OTN/ODU switching.

The technologies include a combination of optical networking products that operate separately or within a single converged platform called Packet Optical Transport System (POT-S) such as ROADMs, TDM, and Carrier Ethernet switching products. These platforms reside in the metro edge, metro core and the long haul networks of major service providers today.

Understanding the evolution of the traditional SONET/SDH infrastructure to MSPP products or MSPP on blade with Metro WDM products migrating to ROADM based products, and Carrier Ethernet migration into the fusion of these platforms is critical for service providers. Associated technologies such as MPLS-TP, PBB-TE, VPLS, connection-oriented Ethernet, native Ethernet and OTN also feature as key influences in the packet transport market, and service providers must have accurate information about these technologies and architectures to make mission critical decisions about their networks.

The evolution of network architectures must be aligned with the evolution of product architectures and the inclusion of multiple technologies, how they operated, and who has fully functional products. Knowing who is leading in this market, who is following, and who has new products will give operators information that they can leverage as they move toward packet optical transport for both fixed and mobile networks.

ACG’s Packet Optical Transport research service provides independent qualitative analysis, quantitative data, and expertise to help you and your organization make key decisions about product development, pricing, market entry strategies, and competitive positioning.

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