The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

White Box Optics: Will it Kill or Encourage Innovations?

Event type: Workshop


Chongjin Xie, Alibaba Group, USA; Filippo Cugini, CNIT, Italy; David Boertjes, Ciena, Canada


Disaggregated networks can bring many benefits to networks operators, including better control of networks, no vendor lock in, and reduced cost. Recently the concept of white box optics is rapidly emerging as can be seen in initiatives such as Open ROADM and Open Line System. However, there is a fear that white box optics may commoditize the industry and squeeze the profit margins for equipment vendors, which will eventually stop the industry from investing on innovations. On the other hand, there is an argue that white box optics may open up closed and proprietary optical networks and give small business and new comers more chances, which will encourage more innovations. This workshop is to bring together experts from equipment vendors and network operators to express their opinions on white box optics and discuss where it will head to.

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