Virtualisation comes to optical networks with Nokia’s WaveSuite

Created October 30, 2018
Technologies and Products

Nokia has launched WaveSuite, a collection of open API’s aimed at virtualising optical networking operations. The suite of applications gives network operators the ability to virtualise and better monetise their optical infrastructure, enabling network-as-a-service business models which can be used to support new channels to market It also implements the new MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) Optical Transport Services standards, which enable the delivery of agile and assured layer-1 services, orchestrated within an open environment.

Essentially, there are three elements to WaveSuite; service enablement, node automation and network management. Service enablement applications virtualise and monetise the network infrastructure by improving customer reach with service fulfilment and assurance models. The applications support more customers and new channels to market, without a large investment in complex back-office systems. The applications also leverage business-aware hierarchical service models, thereby reducing the time it takes to turn capacity into revenue-generating services.

Node automation make the task of the field workforce easier by automating provisioning and record-keeping, the applications streamline equipment deployment, service activation and troubleshooting and the network management API’s employ trending, analysis, and prediction to quickly and intuitively guide network operators through optimization decisions which can improve network performance and increase capacity.

WaveSuite complements Nokia’s Network Services Platform carrier SDN solution and its FlowOne OSS by providing enhanced services orchestration and operational tools for the optical networking domain. Support for open northbound and southbound interfaces ensure its functionality in multi-vendor environments. Nokia says its WaveSuite complements the company’s Network Services Platform carrier SDN solution and its FlowOne OSS (Operational Support System) by providing enhanced services orchestration and operational tools for the optical networking domain. Support for open northbound and southbound interfaces ensure its functionality in multi-vendor environments.

Tim Doiron, principal analyst, intelligent networking at ACG Research, says, “Nokia is transforming the way transport services are consumed and monitored. Nokia’s hierarchical, multi-tenant business logic and application software are right on point to radically reduce service delivery times, strengthen distribution channel partnerships and enable enterprise customers to easily consume and monitor transport services on demand.”

Sam Bucci, head of optical networks for Nokia, added, “As part of Nokia’s already rich portfolio of network software, WaveSuite applications provide the tools operators need to accelerate their business transformation. These innovations are the result of years of working closely with our customers to address all aspects of optical networking with open applications enhancing not just operations, but opening up new services and business models.”

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This article was written
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.