ADVA leads project to boost optical network capacity

ADVA (FSE: ADV) has announced that it is leading a research project aimed at significantly expanding the capacity of optical metro and core networks, the company said.

Funded by Germany´s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the OptiCON project is exploring technologies that will enable fiber infrastructure to carry ten times more throughput than today.

With Internet traffic growing on an exponential scale, the project will be key to the expansion of mobile applications at and beyond 5G and the digital transformation of all areas of life. OptiCON´s goals include leveraging unused optical spectrum, new fiber types, novel transmission schemes, as well as advanced monitoring and SDN control.

Until now, DWDM transport has been mostly limited to the C-and L-bands of the optical spectrum. By working to overcome longstanding technical and economic hurdles, OptiCON is enabling operators to exploit much more of the available fiber bandwidth and therefore carry more bits per second.

This will be achieved through a combination of technical innovations, including advanced amplifiers, improved fibers, novel transceivers, and new techniques for monitoring and control. The three-year ADVA-led project involves the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, highstreet technologies, the Technical University of Munich and VPIphotonics.

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