Optical Network Openness: Are You Maximising Its Potential?

Optical Network Openness: Are You Maximising Its Potential?

Optical Network Openness: Are You Maximising Its Potential?

In recent times, the topic of openness has become widely discussed. Nearly every optical networking provider’s website emphasises the concept of “openness.” However, it is crucial to understand the true meaning of open and what one should anticipate from a genuinely open solution.

Upon closer examination, it becomes clear that not all of these self-proclaimed open solutions possess the same level of openness. Therefore, it is essential for broadband service providers like you to discern the key factors that ensure you’re not being deceived or taken advantage of. By embracing genuine openness, you will experience enhanced freedom, flexibility, and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO).

Multi-Vendor Networks

In the realm of real-world networks, the concept of opening up multi-vendor systems is worth exploring. Occasionally, when vendors claim their solutions are “open,” they are simply referring to the utilisation of open standards. But is that truly sufficient? How effectively do these solutions work together in practical scenarios? Have optics and line systems from different vendors undergone thorough testing to ensure compatibility? Furthermore, if third-party optics are connected using open standards, will the vendor provide support for the line system? Shouldn’t being open entail more than just the implementation of open standards?

In order to be considered genuinely open, optical networking solutions must demonstrate a strong history of interoperability based on real-world deployments. Moreover, they should offer an open management solution that simplifies the management of a disaggregated network. For example, users should have the ability to combine optics from one vendor with switches from another, incorporate multi-vendor transponders, muxponders, and ROADMs as needed, and centrally manage the entire network from a single platform.

True openness empowers disaggregated networks by encompassing not only the adoption of open standards but also proven interoperability and open management systems.

The Danger of Hidden Fees

While the price might seem reasonable when you first buy a network element, certain questions need to be asked. What about the future when you need to adjust to meet the growing bandwidth needs of your existing customers? What if you want to expand capacity, add more wavelengths, or use new features? Unfortunately, many vendors who claim to offer open solutions impose excessively high fees for these requirements.

Certain fees of this nature may not be immediately evident when reviewing your quote and can be considered hidden charges. It is crucial to consider the total cost of ownership (TCO), factoring in these fees when comparing against a genuinely open solution that does not levy such charges.

To ascertain the true openness of a proposed solution, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Are there any fees associated with accessing alien wavelengths?
  2. Are there any port licensing fees to unlock additional capacity?
  3. Are there any right-to-use fees for specific features?

Authentic openness entails no hidden fees, no concealed agenda, and complete transparency. That’s why through our valued partnerships with vendors such as Smartoptics, netFLEX and more, we are committed to openness. Our transparency is unwavering, and we have no desire to restrict or limit your choices.

Our goal is to earn your trust by genuinely offering the best solution for your specific needs.

We have been at the forefront of advocating for open optical networking. While some may only pay lip service to openness, we have consistently embraced and championed it. Our unwavering dedication to true openness motivates us to exceed expectations in meeting the unique requirements of service providers, the Government/public sector and enterprises.

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