Monday, 16 October 2017

Packet-optical transport systems: early challenges, new requirements

By Jimmy Mizrahi, ECI Telecom
Wednesday 28 March 12

'The OMLT goes beyond next-generation P-OTS to address service providers' needs…'

Though well intentioned, P-OTS (packet-optical transport systems) failed to reach their full potential due to a variety of challenges. In this viewpoint, we take a look at some of the specific shortcomings of P-OTS platforms, and then explore the new requirements that are emerging for next-generation transport. Challenges of first-generation P-OTS Ever since the flood of data traffic began inundating transport networks a few years ago, infrastructure vendors have been bringing to market P-OTS platforms aimed at dealing with the resulting bandwidth, capacity and scalability challenges facing operators. The hope was that these systems would be more supportive of new services, more resilient, easier to manage and more cost-effective. Although the intentions were good, P-OTS have often fallen short of addressing operators' pain points due to a number of shortcomings…

Though well intentioned, P-OTS (packet-optical transport systems) failed to reach their full potential due to a variety of challenges. In this viewpoint, we take a look at some of the specific shortcomings of P-OTS platforms, and then explore the new requirements that are emerging for next-generation transport. Challenges of first-generation P-OTS Ever since the flood of data traffic began inundating transport networks a few years ago, infrastructure vendors have been bringing to market P-OTS platforms aimed at dealing with the resulting bandwidth, capacity and scalability challenges facing operators. The hope was that these systems would be more supportive of new services, more resilient, easier to manage and more cost-effective. Although the intentions were good, P-OTS have often fallen short of addressing operators' pain points due to a number of shortcomings…

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