What Lies Ahead for Optical Networking in 2017?

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  • Posted by PR on January 23, 2017

As with most technologies, the optical networking industry has seen many advances over the last couple of decades, and we do not expect that to change anytime soon. Data demands are growing exponentially and the move towards virtualization is forever changing service providers’ needs.

XKL engineers its solutions with the future in mind, so with that, here is what we believe will be of the upmost importance to optical vendors in 2017:

Advances in Speed and Capacity

Over the last couple of years, 100G has made a place for itself by essentially becoming the new transport interface currency, thereby demonstrating the requirement for faster speeds and greater capacity in 2017. Spectral efficiency is a major advancement in optical transport, but it’s a mistake to rely exclusively on its technology; because of its direct correlation to dispersion and distance, spectral efficiency solutions really only work well with low modulation schemes. In fact, the higher order modulation schemes are considerably less resilient to noise and interference than their lower counterparts. While other manufacturers were focused solely on spectral efficiency, XKL introduced eVolocity, the industry’s first 100G solution that dynamically allocates bandwidth on an as-needed basis. Making the move to 100G was an essential move for XKL, but introducing statistical multiplexing to improve network agility and intelligence is what sets us apart.

Greater Service Agility

As service providers demonstrate a need for more and more bandwidth, network flexibility becomes a top priority. Deployments of SDN applications are sure to require agility in switching capabilities and port densities. With data usage growing exponentially, service providers are finding a need for smarter solutions with dynamic offerings. Bandwidth-on-demand, for example, will be a hot commodity for vendors. For XKL solutions, flexibility in services and terms is of the upmost importance. For more on that, consider reading XKL’s philosophy on bandwidth planning and management.

Evolving Metro Networks

Due to the enormous growth in content distribution to and from metro areas, as well as the aggregation of broadband services, metro networks are likely to see a spike in attention this year. XKL enables enterprises to have control over their metro networks, easily and cost-effectively, with our DarkStar systems. By doing this, enterprises are able to keep up with bandwidth and low latency demands, while not incurring extra costs from carriers.


With SDN deployments only set to increase in 2017, vendors will need to develop new features and capabilities that will automate services and provide a single point of management. Interestingly, with the emergence of SDN comes the potential need for the disaggregation of transport and routing equipment. Rather than integrating network functionality – a widely used tactic for years – vendors are looking to disaggregate functions due to SDN adoption and perhaps to further highlight pay-as-you-grow offerings.

While we don’t have a crystal ball, we will be watching the marketplace closely over the next several months, so don’t forget to tune into our blog for the latest, or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Cheers to a fruitful 2017!

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