ADVA Commercialises TIP Voyager Solution

Created October 16, 2018
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Industry’s first fully open and disaggregated packet optical solution brought to market

ADVA reports that its fully open and disaggregated packet optical solution is now commercially available. Built on the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) Voyager system, the new solution presents customers with a turnkey approach to developing packet optical networks. The company says that, by combining hardware, software and services from multiple partners in one unique bundle, customers benefit from an easy-to-use and completely open solution. Long-term Voyager partners, Celestica and Cumulus, have played key roles in bringing the new packet optical solution to market and will be instrumental with the first customer deployments.

The Voyager packet optical terminal essentially combines optical transport with packet switching and routing in one compact device. Wrapped around this white box terminal and its operating system, ADVA provides an open line system, network management capabilities and a full range of à la carte services, including installation, commissioning, maintenance and monitoring. When combined, customers have access to a complete turnkey packet optical solution that can readily be integrated into their existing architectures. As this is an open and disaggregated product offering, customers can choose as many pieces of the overall solution as they want. According to ADVA, that means it can be precisely tailored to match their exact needs.

“Today isn’t only about delivering an industry first; it’s about taking a moment to realise what everyone involved in this project has achieved,” said Niall Robinson, VP, Global Business Development, ADVA. “In just over two years, we’ve worked with multiple partners to develop a completely open and disaggregated packet optical solution that presents customers with a genuinely new and hassle-free approach to networking. Together, we’ve created building blocks that enable our customers to reduce costs and take much of the complexity out of their networks. Ultimately, this is what the project’s always been about – openness, simplicity and ease of use.”

“Our work with ADVA as part of TIP’s Open Optical Packet Transport Project Group has been key to delivering this milestone. We’re pleased to see this project evolve from a simple idea through to commercial realisation,” added Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Co-chair, Open Optical Packet Transport project group, TIP, and Director, Engineering, Facebook. “It will be fascinating to see how the marketplace leverages the Voyager solution and the impact it will have on the industry.”


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by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.