White Paper: Moving Forward with Open Optical Networks
The pressure is on for the industry to deliver more open and interoperable optical networks. Projects including the Open ROADM Multi-Source Agreement, the Telecom Infra Project’s Open Optical Packet Transport Group, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), and Optical Interworking Forum (OIF) are exploring the way forward. However, the question remains whether network operators are ready and willing to trade off performance for openness and interoperability. This Companion Report examines some of the benefits, progress, and challenges ahead on the road to moving forward with open optical networks.