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ADVA leads new research projects to increase network capacity and reduce the cost of optical transport

MUNICH–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – ADVA (FSE: ADV) announced today that it is playing a key role in three research projects focused on significantly increasing the capacity of optical networks using spatial division multiplexing (SDM) technology . Partly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the initiatives aim to transform optical transport systems using multiple parallel transmission paths. Research will focus on new ways to cope with the exponential increase in data traffic while continuing to reduce cost per bit. The three-year projects will develop and demonstrate solutions to enable the next generation of high performance networks.

“With new data-intensive applications such as automated driving, smart cities and IoT services, a paradigm shift is needed in the architecture of backbone networks. The annual growth rates of Internet traffic are expected to exceed 25%. This means that the digital infrastructure will need to handle three times as much traffic every five years and a hundred times as much in just two decades. Our role in these projects will help to massively increase the capacity of the grid in an economical and energy efficient manner ”, said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA. “SDM technology will be the key to tomorrow’s transportation infrastructure. By combining time, frequency and spatial multiplexing, we can fight against the bottlenecks that are already appearing and support the digital transformation of our society.

The projects feature a consortium of industrial and research partners working to harness the potential of spatial multiplexing in fiber optic networks. It requires solving problems and developing new solutions in several key technology areas. These include a new generation of terminals to illuminate large amounts of capacity in a rack-and-stack fashion, optical switching nodes and amplifiers designed to handle a large number of parallel signal paths, as well as innovations. breaking on the new fibers. ADVA is leading the “Scalable terminal architectures and subsystems for fiber optic space multiplex (STARFALL)” project, aimed at highly integrated terminals for data center interconnections, as well as the “Selective Wavelength Switch for Optical Space Multiplex (WESORAM)” project focused on on new optical switch architectures. The ADVA team will also play a central role in the “Highest Capacity Multicore Fibers and Amplifiers (Multi-Cap)” project, which will advance fiber transmission and optical amplification for SDM applications.

“These partner initiatives are a crucial step in tackling the mobile data crisis and enabling the continuous digitization of all areas of our lives. The solutions we are developing here will allow operators to keep pace with the enormous growth in traffic while facilitating autonomous and contactless operations, ”commented Jörg-Peter Elbers, SVP, Advanced Technology, ADVA. “SDM techniques will be fundamental for the next step in the evolution of the data landscape. They provide an opportunity to bypass the Shannon limit and ensure that our networks are not overwhelmed by the pace of innovation in other areas. Once again, our team is at the forefront, paving the way for the scalable and sustainable optical networks of the future. ”

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