Editorial

Release Date:2006-12-15  Author:ZTE  Click:

Today, both services and networks are more and more IP-based. One of the challenges encountered during optical transport network development is how to cope with demands for data service growth. WDM technologies represent a unique opportunity to respond to increasing demand for bandwidth as they dramatically increase the capacity of optical networks.

Initially used as a mechanism to relieve fibre bottlenecks, WDM is developing towards delivering increased transmission distances and bit rates. On the other hand, it enables a system to be more agile and intelligent as increasing, and unpredictable, IP traffic compels services providers to move network intelligence to the optical layer.

The article "The New Era of WDM" investigates development trends in the WDM system. WDM can be enhanced by introducing the flexible, reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology and a generalised multiprotocol label switching (GMPLS) control plane. IP-over-WDM is another technology trend coming out of the rapid growth of the Internet. Articles in this issue cover key technologies in next generation optical transport networks as well as service-oriented transport network solutions.

ZTE, as a leading optical network vendor, has deployed more than 180,000 items of optical equipment with over 130 operators in more than 70 countries. The company has been the fastest growing supplier of optical transport equipment in the world for three consecutive years and was ranked one of the top three vendors of long-haul DWDM solutions in June this year by market research company RHK Inc., of San Francisco.

With high market penetration and active participation in standards development, ZTE has maintained the momentum in optical growth. The company is devoted to  delivering the best optical network solutions and will continue to help global customers strength their competitiveness by providing customised services and high quality products.

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