ADVA unlocks CSP network potential with spectrum as-a-service

Created April 6, 2020
Technologies and Products

ADVA has launched a new way for communication service providers (CSPs) to drive more revenue from their already deployed fibre networks. With spectrum as-a-service, CSPs can now slice the optical spectrum in their fibre infrastructure, just like radio spectrum in 5G networks.

They can then sell different frequency blocks to different customers, enabling them to “fully harness the untapped value in their networks”, ADVA said. The offering is powered by ADVA’s FSP 3000 open line system (OLS).

The technology removes the limits of traditional fixed channel grid systems so that unused spectrum can be put to work. This approach also enables operators to take advantage of flexible resource utilisation and future-proof their networks by avoiding unnecessary O/E/O conversions.

The ADVA FSP 3000 OLS creates an open and scalable optical layer ready to accommodate evolving demand and comes with a modular design with multiple multiplexer and amplifier options. ADVA says it is engineered to meet the specific requirements of modern metro, core and DCI applications.

By leveraging ADVA’s coherent optics, programmable flexgrid technology and intelligent network control, CSPs can start selling fully assured and differentiated optical spectrum services to their customers.

Stephan Rettenberger, SVP for marketing and investor relations at ADVA, said: “We’re introducing a new way for CSPs to tackle sky-rocketing data demand and diminishing margins. Optical spectrum in fibre networks can now be sliced and offered as differentiated services to multiple end users.”

He said: “This gives CSPs a completely fresh business case and a brand new area for revenue growth. Our open line system and its spectrum gateway functionality and advanced optical layer control empower CSPs to elastically allocate optical spectrum to services and deliver virtually unlimited capacity.”

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation