Continued growth in network bandwidth demand is driving the need for new innovations to support the massive scale of on-demand network traffic. New innovations in coherent optical technology have been fueled by advancements in electronics and cutting-edge photonics using large-scale photonic integration. The next generation of multi-terabit super-channels and sliceable photonic technologies creates highly scalable and efficient network architectures that blend the best of web scale technologies with those of telco-grade technologies. Network modeling analysis shows that a multi-terabit photonic integrated circuit (PIC)-based super-channel approach using sliceable photonics technology with an optimal mix of meshponders and Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching functions can deliver 56 percent lower total cost of ownership (TCO) to network operators.
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