NEC deploys TIP Phoenix whitebox optical transponder for South Africa’s Teraco

Nov. 1, 2022
Developed by TIP's Open Optical and Transport (OOPT) Disaggregated Optical Systems (DOS) subgroup, Phoenix is a 400G optical transponder for data center interconnect (DCI) and metro backhaul transport.

NEC Corp. (TSE: 6701) says it has deployed the Phoenix whitebox optical transponder developed within the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) for South African carrier-neutral colocation services provider Teraco.

Developed by TIP's Open Optical and Transport (OOPT) Disaggregated Optical Systems (DOS) subgroup, Phoenix is a 400G optical transponder for data center interconnect and metro backhaul transport for use with traditional optical line systems. The platform features an open and disaggregated architecture as well as open, standards-based interfaces. NEC announced support of the Phoenix initiative last November (see “NEC to release TIP Phoenix disaggregated 400G transponder in 2022”).

The implementation for Teraco features Wistron Galileo Flex T (WX-T series) hardware, the NEC Network Operating System (based on the open-source software Goldstone), and Lumentum 400G CFP2-DCO pluggable transceivers. Teraco is using the Phoenix transponders for data center interconnect as part of a data center footprint network upgrade. NEC and NEC XON, a South Africa-based NEC subsidiary, technology integrator and managed services provider, provided the supporting system integration for the deployment.

"The deployment of TIP's 400G Phoenix solution marks a first in Africa. It greatly enhances Teraco's ability to deliver greater capacity and more reliable connectivity for our customers, which is at the core of our mission. We would like to thank TIP and NEC for their contributions to this successful initiative," commented Michele McCann, head of interconnection and peering at Teraco.

"We are pleased to see Teraco taking the lead with the adoption of Phoenix in its production network,” added Hanson Tuang, connectivity technologies and ecosystems manager at Meta, which is a driver behind TIP. “The need to scale networks efficiently is a constant challenge for communication service providers. With its disaggregated architecture, high capacity, and enhanced programmability, Phoenix is an attractive solution for providers to increase network capacity. We look forward to further collaborations with Teraco in the future and would like to thank NEC for its contributions to this success."

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