Wave2Wave’s ROME Mini expands autonomous network with robots

Created June 11, 2019
Technologies and Products

Physical layer automation specialist Wave2Wave Solution has introduced a small form factor robotic fibre switch, ROME Mini. The company has expanded its ROME product portfolio to include the Mini in response to the fast-growing demands of edge computing, 5G, IoT, and AI as those technologies flex to support a new generation of applications such as self-driving cars.

ROME Mini is sized at 19 inches making it rack mountable for data centre installation, as well as the ideal size for locations where optical fibres are running, such as sub-sea cable landing stations, outlying mobile backhaul facilities or the limited space under the floor. With its more than 200 fibre capacity, ROME Mini offers a lower price point of entry while providing significant CAPEX and OPEX savings for network operators via automation.

As digital transformation drives demand for edge compute solutions, it is also changing the data centre landscape, adding a demand for more micro and modular data centres. If these smaller sites are automated, operators can avoid the additional costs, SLA strain and downtime risks associated with truck rolls and onsite service deployment. With the software-defined physical layer provided by the ROME Mini, data centres, telecoms and engineering labs can truly achieve the efficiency in performance, cost and energy that SDN delivers in a small-scale footprint.

“We are looking forward to working with Wave2Wave as they continue to listen to the needs of customers and act responsively to the market,” said George Kimura, President & CEO of NTT Advanced Technology. “The ROME Mini is a perfect example of how Wave2Wave continues to develop and innovate, by evaluating the changing market demands and building the right form factor for the right applications.”

“Japan has a high level of fibre penetration and we must take the network from manual to automated,” said Ryusaburo Sugimoto, President (Representative Director) of Hakuto Co. Ltd. “We are leading the way in network innovation and Wave2Wave’s ROME Mini provides the right automated solution for the fibre access and 5G edge networks.”

Wave2Wave announced the exclusive Japan distribution deal with NTT-AT and Hakuto in May 2019.

“ROME family is evolving its robust platform of precision mechanical technologies, robotic motion systems, fibre latching connections and software capabilities,” said David Wang, Founder and CEO of Wave2Wave. “Customers have been asking for an autonomous network with full SDN/NFV capability and we are enabling this revolution. By taking the power of automation down to the physical layer, we’re providing the missing link.”

Wave2Wave’s director of EMEA sales Duncan Ellis, told Optical Connections, “The development of the ROME mini has been driven by two areas; one is the interest in the access market, so that ROME can be deployed further out in the network and closer to the end users; and the other is the push towards edge data centres. The big issue with 5G is latency and the only way to reduce it is to move resources closer to the end user, so we’re going to see a much wider spread of these data centres, just to support 5G.”

ROME Mini is now available for customer orders and will be shipping on 1st Oct 2019

For more information, visit www.wave-2-wave.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.