Open Fiber chooses SM Optics for ROADM technology

SM Optics, part of the SIAE Microelettronica group, says it has won a contract from Italian national fiber-optic network wholesaler Open Fiber for the supply, deployment, and maintenance of ROADM technology. Open Fiber will use the ROADMs in its fiber backbone that will connect to metro/regional sites in support of its fiber to the home (FTTH) roll out.

SM Optics, part of the SIAE Microelettronica group, says it has won a contract from Italian national fiber-optic network wholesaler Open Fiber for the supply, deployment, and maintenance of ROADM technology. Open Fiber will use the ROADMs in its fiber backbone that will connect to metro/regional sites in support of its fiber to the home (FTTH) roll out.

Open Fiber is in the midst of a nationwide FTTH deployment that targets connectivity to nearly 19 million property units, including both homes and businesses (see "Italtel and Open Fiber extend ultra-broadband network partnership for underserved areas of Italy"). The ROADMs, which SM Optics says do not rely on wavelength selective switches (WSSs), will be part of a supporting fiber-optic network infrastructure that will transport aggregated FTTH and fixed wireless access traffic. SM Optics says the ROADM units combine small footprint and low power consumption.

“This technology has the capability to deliver from 10- to potentially 200-Gbps capacity per channel, possibly making Open Fiber’s metro access one of the fastest network today,” according to Stefano Schiavoni, sales general manager at SM Optics. “Thanks to our micro nodes technology, Open Fiber has been able to deploy OTN and WDM ROADM technology down to the access of the network.”

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