Infinera validates DWDM portfolio over Lumentum white box optical line system

Created August 24, 2016
Applications and Research

Infinera and Lumentum. have successfully validated Infinera’s portfolio of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) platforms over Lumentum’s white box optical line system. Infinera now offers customers an open optical networking solution validated by interoperability testing between Lumentum’s white box optical line system and Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Networks.

The joint solution supports an ecosystem that enables open networks for data centre interconnect (DCI) and metro/edge WDM transport. This announcement by Infinera and Lumentum marks the first multi-vendor driven demonstration of, and commitment to supporting, an open, interoperable and agile approach to the construction of transport networks. The combined power of Infinera’s photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based platforms and Lumentum’s white box line system offers network operators a scalable, programmable, and automated solution for provisioning bandwidth using open standardized interfaces.

Infinera and Lumentum are collaborating on open packet optical transport in the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), an industry initiative co-founded by Facebook. TIP consists of multiple operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and others collaborating to develop new technologies and approaches to deploy the telecom network infrastructure.

The extensive interoperability testing included Infinera’s XTM Series, Cloud Xpress Family and DTN-X Family (including XTC and XT Series) platforms. In addition, the companies successfully conducted interoperability testing of Infinera’s next generation Infinite Capacity Engine pilot hardware. The Infinera platforms interoperated with the Lumentum white box open line system including the 20 port Transport ROADM. The test cases covered point-to-point metro fibre links carrying multiple modulations including QPSK (quadrature phase shift keying), 8QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and 16QAM with PIC based super-channels over the Lumentum open line system. The test was able to fill the fibre to full capacity at QPSK, 8QAM and 16QAM data rates via 19 super-channels injected into a single rack unit 20 port ROADM. A fully loaded solution achieves up to 24 terabits of fibre capacity using the Infinite Capacity Engine at 16QAM. The testing successfully validated standard optical parameters including optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR) for seamless performance over metro distances.


This article was written
by Per Danielsen

Per has 35 years of experience in optical communications and is now working freelance writing about optical communications and other telecom related topics. He also serves as chairman of the ECOC Market Focus program committee.