Flexible-grid networks for 400G need more than flexible wavelength-selective switches

Sept. 17, 2012
Sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent

The industry has rightly viewed flexible-grid wavelength-selective switches (WSSs) as a key enabling technology to support transmission based on superchannels. However, they’re not the only necessary piece to the puzzle. In this interview at ECOC 2012 with Lightwave Editorial Director Stephen Hardy, JDSU Chief Technology Officer Brandon Collings reviews the other building blocks necessary to support superchannel transmission and where the industry stands in terms of their development. He also discusses the optical component technology that will be needed to make 400-Gbps transmission a reality.

About the Author

Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher

Stephen Hardy has covered fiber optics for more than 15 years, and communications and technology for more than 30 years. He is responsible for establishing and executing Lightwave's editorial strategy across its digital magazine, website, newsletters, research and other information products. He has won multiple awards for his writing.

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