OFC: Ekinops opens up with new optical white boxes

Created March 5, 2019
Technologies and Products

Ekinops, a supplier of optical transport equipment and router solutions for service providers and telecom operators, has announced the release of its latest optical white box networking solutions, the RM ROADM-H4-WB and RM ROADM-H10-WB at this year’s OFC Conference in San Diego. These open-source, standards-based ROADMs are tailored to the needs of Flexgrid networks, allowing service providers to more easily and efficiently adapt to the next-generation of high-speed coherent transport networks operating at 400G and above.

Both the RM ROADM-H4-WB and RM ROADM-H10-WB are designed to be used as disaggregated ROADM elements in any standard open-source environment. They provide full Colourless, Directionless, Contentionless and Gridless (CDCG) functionality with the ability to support multi-rate designs.

The new 1RU shelves each provide a full ROADM degree including WSS, amplifiers and Optical Channel Monitor (OCM) in a modular form factor. The RM ROADM-H4-WB can be scaled to four degrees and RM ROADM-H10-WB can be scaled to ten degrees on a per-degree basis and in a non-traffic affecting manner simply by adding another modular shelf. Both support up to 96 ITU grid channels and are compatible with any combination of spacing using Flexgrid management.

Ekinops is also introducing its RM OAC17-WB at the show, an EDFA-based amplifier in the same 1RU rack mountable form factor. It is designed to extend the optical reach of the disaggregated network and simplify the process of expanding ROADM networks for regional, long haul and ultra-long haul transport.

All three of the new shelves are managed through Celestis™ NMS, Ekinops advanced network management system and are SDN-ready via standards-based interfaces.

“With these new white box elements, Ekinops is directly addressing the growing customer demand for disaggregated solutions,” said François Xavier Ollivier, Chief Operating Officer at Ekinops.  “The industry move towards open, standards-based networks is crucial to free service providers from vendor lock-in and optimise every function in terms of both operations and cost efficiencies. These principles are central to the design of these shelves, enabling flexibility and seamless operation in a multivendor environment.”

For more information, visit www.ekinops.com



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.