LightRiver, Infinera to hold multi-vendor coherent pluggable network demo at Fiber Connect 2023

Aug. 14, 2023
The two companies will show how next-gen coherent pluggables can deliver high-bandwidth business services.

Infinera and LightRiver have completed a multi-vendor interoperability technology demonstration that leverages the latest generation of coherent pluggable solutions and validates how network orchestration can substantially improve network efficiency and enable new high-speed business services.

Both companies will exhibit their joint solution at Fiber Connect 2023, held August 20-23, 2023, at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida.

The demonstration is based on Infinera’s ICE-X intelligent, coherent pluggable technology and LightRiver’s netFLEX® Transport Domain Orchestration and Control Software combined with Infinera’s Intelligent Pluggables Manager (IPM) software, providing multi-vendor network automation.

This multi-vendor demonstration illustrates how LightRiver’s netFLEX®, along with Infinera’s IPM, can enable seamless network operation of multi-vendor networks leveraging the efficiencies of intelligent, coherent pluggable solutions in conjunction with the latest generation of routers and FTTX PON solutions. The demonstration includes Infinera’s ICE-X line of intelligent coherent pluggables deployed in third-party host devices, including Juniper Networks’ routers operating over a Smartoptics open ROADM system and the leading FTTX PON solution.

The demonstration validates how network operators can leverage next-generation coherent pluggables to significantly improve network efficiencies and expand network capacity by what it claims to be as much as 40 times while also delivering new high-speed business services to underserved remote rural areas, including over single-fiber FTTX PON infrastructures.

Tom Burns, general manager of the optical modules and coherent solutions group at Infinera, said that the demonstration gives service providers a better view of their respective optical network layers.

“This demonstration highlights how disruptive and comprehensive technologies like Infinera’s ICE-X intelligent, coherent pluggable solution provides network operators visibility to the optical layer of their network that was previously missing to deliver an accurate view to streamline operations,” he said. “Infinera remains committed to delivering industry-leading open optical networking solutions, and we are proud to collaborate with LightRiver and other industry vendors to validate that these multi-layered disaggregated solutions can be rapidly deployed and managed.”

Matt Briley, SVP of global sales and network solutions engineering at LightRiver, agreed and added that the combination of “LightRiver's netFLEX® network automation platform alongside Infinera's ICE-X intelligent, coherent pluggable technology is a great opportunity for our companies to show how collectively we can help network operators improve efficiency and speeds.” 

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