Huawei Releases yet another Breakthrough Tech at OFC 2016

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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ANAHEIM, CA: At the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) 2016, the largest global conference and exposition of its kind, Huawei, the Chinese information and communication tech giant announced that it is releasing ultra-large port non-blocking wavelength adding/dropping technology (also known as ADWSS) with corresponding optical node architecture. The feat, which would mark significant progress in developing all-optical cross-connections on transport networks is considered as a technological breakthrough.

Imparting greater flexibility to optical-layer node services is an aspect that demands addressing given the rapid increase in data traffic and the development of software-defined networking (SDN) technology. Currently, several independent optical modules are required to construct colorless, directionless, and contention less optical nodes, which tend to be expensive, have low integrity, and poor flexibility and maintainability. Huawei claims that the new optical nodes constructed based on the showcased ADWSS prototype have high integrity and flexibility, greatly reducing cost and improving maintainability. The 8-degree ADWSS prototype supports wavelength adding and dropping on 128 ports, implementing the free optical cross-connection of 640 wavelengths on those ports.

Over the years, Huawei has continuously maintained the streak of achieving a series of technical breakthroughs. At the previous year’s OFC, the company unveiled its short-reach optical interconnect module prototype. OFC 2014 saw the release of wavelength-based multidimensional all-optical cross-connect technology. Earlier notable releases of Huawei include The Petabit Photonic Cross-Connect (PPXC) prototype, an all-optical switching network architecture that can be applied to any topology; and a wavelength-based multidimensional all-optical cross-connect prototype to support the application of optical cross-connect technology.

Huawei was founded in 1987 in a one-room workshop in Shenzhen, China with a capital of $2500. It is now an employee-owned, private Fortune Global 500 company that operates three business groups to deliver end-to-end solutions for telecom operators, consumers and enterprises. OFC 2016 was held at Anaheim Convention Center, CA, from March 20 – 24. The event featured 580 exhibiting companies, more than 1,160 peer-reviewed papers and exceeded 13,000 attendees. OFC 2017 would be held at LA Convention Center from March 19 – 23.