Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks
A 2020 Heavy Reading Survey

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Given the momentum for disaggregated networking, Sterling Perrin, Senior Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading, writes about the adoption of disaggregated networking and the future of open and disaggregated transport networks. Based on a global operator survey, this white paper provides the industry’s most in-depth look at the current state and future trajectory of open and disaggregated transport networks.  Project partners for the survey included active Telecom Infra Project (TIP) members IP Infusion, Infinera and Volta, along with TIP. The white paper covers disaggregation plans and challenges, 5G and routing, open optical networks, management and control. Based on the survey results:

“Faster innovation and flexibility in adopting the latest technology is the top driver for leading operators to adopt disaggregated networks. The operational complexity of dealing with multiple vendors and a lack of standards/immature standards are the top barriers to adopting open and disaggregated optical networks.”

Faster innovation and flexibility in adopting the latest technology is the top driver leading operators to adopt disaggregated networks based on the survey results. This factor was selected by 51% of respondents (see Figure 8). Forming a second tier of motivators is the ability to launch new services and increase revenue (selected by 39% of respondents) and capex reduction (selected by 38%). Faster innovation and increasing revenue are related factors, as faster innovation plays a crucial role in launching new services.

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