LightRiver, Infinera, complete multi-vendor interop demo

Created August 21, 2023
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Infinera and LightRiver have announced the successful completion of a multi-vendor interoperability technology demonstration that leverages the latest generation of coherent pluggable solutions and validates how network orchestration can provide substantial improvements in network efficiency and enable new high-speed business services. The demonstration is based on Infinera’s ICE-X intelligent coherent pluggable technology and LightRiver’s netFLEX® Transport Domain Orchestration and Control Software combined with Infinera’s Intelligent Pluggables Manager (IPM) software, providing seamless multi-vendor network automation.

The multi-vendor demonstration illustrates how LightRiver’s netFLEX® along with Infinera’s IPM can enable seamless network operation of multi-vendor networks leveraging the efficiencies of intelligent coherent pluggable solutions in conjunction with the latest generation of routers and FTTX PON solutions. The demonstration includes Infinera’s ICE-X line of intelligent coherent pluggables deployed in third-party host devices, including routers from Juniper Networks operating over a Smartoptics open ROADM system and the leading FTTX PON solution.

Infinera says the demonstration validates how network operators can leverage next-generation coherent pluggables to provide significant improvement in network efficiencies and expand network capacity by as much as 40 times, while also delivering new high-speed business services to currently underserved remote rural areas, including over single-fibre FTTX PON infrastructures.

“This demonstration highlights how disruptive and comprehensive technologies like Infinera’s ICE-X intelligent coherent pluggable solution provides network operators visibility to the optical layer of their network that was previously missing to deliver an accurate view to streamline operations,” said Tom Burns, general manager of Optical Modules & Coherent Solutions Group at Infinera. “Infinera remains committed to delivering industry-leading open optical networking solutions, and we are proud to collaborate with LightRiver and other industry vendors to validate that these multi-layered disaggregated solutions can be rapidly deployed and managed.”

“Illustrating the power of LightRiver’s netFLEX® network automation platform alongside Infinera’s ICE-X intelligent coherent pluggable technology is a great opportunity for our companies to show how collectively we can help network operators improve efficiency and speeds,” added Matt Briley, SVP of Global Sales & Network Solutions Engineering at LightRiver. “Specifically, this multi-vendor integration showcases how next-gen network operators can achieve higher performance with fewer resources by leveraging automation and collaboration.”

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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.