Introduction

Titan ICT has joined forces with Infinera in our mission to bring XR Optics, a revolutionary optical solution to Australia’s natural resources sector.

The accompanying video delves into this cutting-edge technology that addresses the challenge faced by fibre optic networks for over 50 years.

Traditional fibre optic networks have long operated on a point-to-point transmission model, leading to inefficiencies and escalating costs as demand for high-speed connectivity grows.

XR optics enables a single high-speed transceiver to handle multiple independent data streams to and from various destinations simultaneously, an innovation that reduces the number of required transceivers by 50%, cutting costs and simplifying network management.

Eager to know more? Visit our XR Optics solution page, for an overview of this revolutionary technology and some of the business benefits for mining, energy, and transportation.

Solution Page: https://titanict.com.au/solutions/xr-optics-optical-point-to-multipoint-networks/

Video Transcript

SUBJECT: XR Optics: Redefining How Optical Networks are Built.

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[speaker explains challenges]

For more than 50 years, there has been a mismatch between the technology used to build fibre optic networks and the way traffic flows through them. Network traffic flows are mostly point to multi-point, where centralised aggregation points collect traffic from consumers and businesses and connect them with the internet, network applications and content platforms like music, videos, and business services.

But the underlying optical technology only transmits data in point-to-point configurations, with each fibre path needing identical optical transceivers on each end to transmit data. And while hub and spoke network architectures are efficient at aggregating and managing traffic, the limitations of point-to-point introduce several inefficiencies including underutilised transceivers, the need for intermediate aggregation and expensive truck rolls and equipment when upgrades are needed. With ever higher speed broadband services, the emergence of 5G and new cloud-based services, and thus more endpoints and more bandwidth, these challenges only become worse, making the network harder to manage, more costly and hindering network operator’s ability to deliver new services.

 

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[speaker compares to mobile networks]

If mobile networks were built using point-to-point technology, each tower would need thousands of independent radios, one for every potential user in that area, which would be inefficient, cost prohibitive, and complex to manage. Instead, mobile networks use a single high-speed radio that broadcasts one signal to hundreds of lower speed devices at the same time, but each smartphone is only able to pick up the calls and data streams destined for it.

 

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[speaker introduces solution and benefits]

Infinera introduces to the industry that same concept in optical networks, with XR optics. A single XR optic high-speed transceiver can simultaneously send and receive independent data streams to and from numerous low speed transceivers at different destinations. This is only possible because of Infinera’s pioneering advancements in Nyquist sub carriers, a technology that enables a single optical transceiver to create multiple smaller optical sub carriers. With multi-point optics, a single XR optics transceiver in the hub can connect to numerous spokes, reducing the overall number of transceivers needed by 50%, and immediately reducing capital and operational costs as well as network complexity.

Hub and spoke architectures will also become more efficient as each hub port on the network will be more fully utilised. Network operators can also eliminate intermediate packet aggregation devices like switches and routers as traffic can be brought directly to the centre of the network.

In addition to reducing the cost for those types of devices, this reduces space power and operating costs, while simplifying the overall network architecture and making everything easier to manage.

XR optics will be delivered in multiple standards-based pluggable form factors, including QSFPs and CFP2s. These devices can be plugged into virtually any existing equipment like switches and routers, eliminating the need for dedicated optical transponders. And because XR optics enables the use of high-speed ports to aggregate multiple lower speed signals, instead of having to buy a large router with lots of low-speed ports in addition to the high-speed ports, network operators can simplify operations and lower costs by deploying more compact and cost-effective routers with only efficient high-speed interfaces.

Finally, bandwidth management becomes much easier too. With XR optics, additional capacity can be delivered to an existing or new destination with a few keystrokes or by an automated request from a remote location. And if the capacity is only needed for a short time, bandwidth can be released just as easily and used at a different location. No new hardware to deploy, no re-engineering and no additional truck rolls. Combine all these factors and operators can expect to achieve a reduction in the total cost of network ownership of up to 70%. With the shackles of the point-to-point model now broken optical network designers are free to rethink how networks are built.

 

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[speaker concludes video]

Rethink your network with XR optics. For more information, visit https://www.infinera.com/innovation/xr-optics/

 

 

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