Xiaoxia Wu, SpaceX, USA; Rene Marcel Schmogrow, Google, USA; Xi (Vivian) Chen, Nokia Bells Labs, USA
The market for coherent pluggable optics supporting reaches between 10 km and 120 km is emerging for many applications, such as telco metro-access router-to-router interconnects, point-to-point data center interconnect, mobile and cable aggregation applications. The ongoing 400ZR project at the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) defines a digital coherent 400ZR interface primarily for DCI applications. There have also been other standardization activities defining coherent interfaces by other industry organizations addressing various applications. Products compliant to these specifications are coming out and early commercial deployments are expected to be in 2020.
Panelists from network operators, system companies, and module manufacturers will review recent progress in terms of network deployment requirements/schedule, interoperability, DSP/module development status, and share their views of the coherent pluggable optics roadmap in the next decade.