Viavi Solutions today announced several initiatives to advance 100G, 400G and other high-speed optical network technologies at ECOC 2016. Network operators worldwide are facing unexpected demand for bandwidth and new services, and are responding by accelerating deployment of high-speed optical technologies from access to the core. Many of these technologies, especially 400G, are still nascent and require industry collaboration to become standardized. At ECOC, Viavi will be showcasing industry-leading solutions to address current demand, as well as collaborations to help ensure harmonized and scalable implementations of next-generation technologies.
The drive to high-speed networks is evident worldwide. Viavi's Gigabit Monitor has tracked a dramatic acceleration in gigabit internet to end users, with over 70 percent of worldwide deployments launched since the start of 2015. The company's State of the Network study showed that enterprises are signaling a shift to 100 GbE, with one in four having implemented it, and two out of three planning to do so by 2017, based on bandwidth demands far outstripping expectations.
With one of the most comprehensive portfolios of solutions to test, measure and assure optical fiber networks, Viavi is meeting industry demand with new and enhanced lab, manufacturing, field, installation and service instruments. The company will showcase this portfolio at ECOC, Stand #550, September 19-21, and also host a reception at the stand from 15:00 to 17:00 on September 20.
400G Optical Network Tester. Viavi's ONT has been proven in lab testing of 100G components, and now has the industry's first 400G support to include forward error correction (FEC) and PAM4 modulation. Pioneers of the high-speed network ecosystem now have a comprehensive, integrated platform for design, development and validation of 400G technologies including CFP8 pluggable 400G optics.
OSA-710 Pol-Mux Optical Spectrum Analyzer. The OSA-710 is the industry's first Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) that can perform in-band OSNR measurement on live, coherent systems utilizing polarization multiplexing (Pol-Mux) transmission formats, without shutting down the network or individual channels.
MTS/T-BERD® 5800-100G Field Tester. The MTS/T-BERD 5800 family introduces the industry's smallest dual-port, multi-protocol 100G tester. The MTS/T-BERD 5800-100G is also the first field tester that can test bit error rate (BER) on any line rate to 100G and characterize fiber with a single instrument.
Demonstration with Inphi. At Stand #250, Inphi will demonstrate the capabilities of a 400G PAM4 PHY IC solution using Viavi's 400G ONT. Using the comprehensive traffic generation capabilities of the 400G ONT coupled with its electrical adapter, it demonstrates 400G Ethernet traffic transmitted over optical fiber using Inphi's PAM4 solution.
Demonstration with Finisar and Ixia. Viavi will host a demonstration of interoperability between the 400G ONT and Ixia's 400GbE test system, connected by Finisar CFP8 modules and fiber. Viavi's unique applications in Layer 1-3 including module validation, physical layer, electrical adapters will be demonstrated in conjunction with Ixia's in-depth Layer 2-4 and PCS/FEC test capabilities.
400G Industry Forum. Following ECOC, Viavi is hosting a collaborative forum for industry leaders to present their perspectives on 400G: market requirements; state of the technology; and the path forward to standardization, which will enable interoperability and scalability.
"Viavi has a long tradition of working with industry leaders to help them design, demonstrate and release their next-generation products to market. The latest example of this is 400G where we are helping to enable a vibrant and dynamic ecosystem in which companies can bring exciting products to market quickly with the confidence they fully interoperate to emerging standards'," said Dr. Paul Brooks, 400G technology lead, Viavi Solutions. "To a large extent, value creation in technology hinges on a company's ability to work with, build on and contribute to the innovation of others as much as its abilities in its own areas of competence and leadership."
About Viavi High-Speed Network Test Solutions
Viavi's history of innovation and expertise is closely tied to its collaboration with service providers and equipment manufacturers worldwide. Viavi provides one of the industry's most complete high-speed test portfolios and was involved in some of the first 100G and 400G field turn-ups. Viavi high-speed products for 100G and Beyond include the ONT, MTS/T-BERD, MAP, Xgig®, and a wide variety of Ethernet and fiber optic platforms designed to enable manufacturing, lab, storage, service provider, and enterprise environments.