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Moving from a static to a dynamic optical network: how carriers benefit from next-generation intelligent optical engines
Author(s): Robert MacDonald; Horacio Facca
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Paper Abstract

Today's local, inter-exchange, and transnational carriers are caught in an unfortunate predicament. On one hand, they need to reduce customer churn while meeting their clients' growing bandwidth and service provisioning needs and defending against competitive pressures from other carriers. This is driving service providers to make continued improvements and investments in their optical network infrastructure. For most carriers, there is a clear recognition that the path to business success requires a migration from a 'static' optical network to a 'dynamic' optical network, one that facilitates system design and service provisioning. On the other hand, carriers are under extreme pressure to manage down capital expenditures and improve network-operating efficiencies (reducing expenses) resulting in improved balance sheet, income and cash flow statements. This paper will review the provisioning issues and constraints associated with static networks and the benefits, both economic and process, gained by migrating to a dynamic network. The key objective is to describe several currently available and practical methods to dynamically deploy, provision and manage optical services using 'keystrokes, instead of truck rolls'.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4532, Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communication, (30 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.436047
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Robert MacDonald, Onetta, Inc. (United States)
Horacio Facca, Onetta, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4532:
Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communication
Achyut Kumar Dutta; Abdul Ahad Sami Awwal; Niloy K. Dutta; Katsunari Okamoto, Editor(s)

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