Wave2Wave and 910Telecom partner for physical layer automation

Created August 2, 2018
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Automated fibre connectivity specialist Wave2Wave is to partner with partner with 910Telecom to provide data centre and telco network operators with the first physical layer automation sandbox. Wave2Wave’s robotic fibre switch, Robotic Optical Management Engine (ROME) will offer open access to industry professionals visiting 910Telecom’s downtown Denver facility.

With this initiative, Wave2Wave and 910Telecom provide an open invitation to network architects, engineers, and technicians to employ this purpose-built and software-defined technology, which makes it possible to automatically patch optical fibres. The “sandbox” lives in an open area inside 910Telecom, which is claimed to be the largest and busiest carrier-neutral Meet-Me-Room facility in the Rocky Mountain Region and a major crossing point of North American fibre backbone networks.

Long-term problem

“This initiative addresses a 20-year-old problem that is present in every network. Everything in the network has become software defined, except the physical layer where automation has been slow to take hold,” said David Wang, President and CEO, Wave2Wave Solution. “But automation does not happen automatically. Technology has to be combined with education and practice, in an environment where industry professionals are safe to experiment and test. I’m very glad that we can partner with 910Telecom to innovate within their historical building.”

“Innovation is key in our industry,” said Eryn Taylor, Business Development Director at 910Telecom. “Together with Wave2Wave, we are looking at creative and inclusive methodologies to make it easier for the telco industry to see, test and integrate with the ROME sandbox. And, in that spirit we are extending an open invitation to other vendors to help us grow the sandbox in our facility, through other network elements or orchestration software.”

The joint Wave2Wave and 910Telecom sandbox will enable operators and engineers to experiment with a number of new network functions, including remote setup and teardown of optical connections via robot; remote provisioning of lab facilities; real-time creation of alternate connections to solve network outages; and more.

Wave2Wave’s automated ROME-based Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) offering, which enables data centre and network operators to automate physical layer connectivity without the need for any upfront capital expenditure CAPEX, was launched at NGON in June 2018.

For more information, please visit http://www.wave-2-wave.com

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.