Juniper Networks, Sumitomo Electric, Arrcus Join Open XR Forum

Juniper Networks, Sumitomo Electric, Arrcus Join Open XR Forum

The Open XR Forum has announced that Juniper Networks, Sumitomo Electric and Arrcus have joined the industry initiative to advance the deployment of software-configurable coherent point-to-point and point-to-multipoint optical networks using XR optics pluggable transceiver technology. .

According to Open XR, these new members bring essential knowledge and world-class experience in routing, access/edge networks, and software to the Open XR ecosystem.

“Your contributions and participation in the forum will help drive interoperable, multi-vendor solutions to enable consistent, software-configurable, high-bandwidth optics from the network core to the edge,” the company says.

Juniper is a leading provider of solutions for routing and switching, network security, AI-driven enterprise network operations, and software-defined networking technologies.

“Juniper is pleased to work with members of the Open XR Forum to advance the development of coherent intelligent pluggables,” said Brendan Gibbs, senior vice president of product management for Juniper Networks.

“We are excited to be part of Open XR’s vision to transform network architecture to deliver significant advances in network performance, cost and agility to meet rapidly expanding capacity requirements for the cloud, data center and 5G traffic,” he says.

Sumitomo Electric Industries is a leading global provider of advanced optical communications and radio frequency solutions with a proven track record in supplying access network equipment to CATV and telecommunications operators.

Arrcus provides virtualized routing solutions with best-in-class software for data centers, 5G/Access networks, and cloud networks.

Dave Welch, Co-Founder of Infinera, says, “Building a strong multi-vendor ecosystem is essential to enable network operators to realize the substantial savings and increased network capabilities provided by XR optics technology.

“As critical members of the value chain, these new members mark an important step forward in realizing the vision of the XR optics network,” says Welch.

Open XR Forum is an MSA consortium bringing together network operators, equipment vendors, and component vendors committed to building the foundation for a new generation of coherent optical solutions that will cost-effectively meet the demand for increased scalability and flexibility. of the network. XR optics is the industry’s first coherent optical solution to solve access and aggregation challenges facing network operators caused by misalignment between network traffic patterns and the technology used to transport that traffic.

The Open XR Forum membership is rapidly expanding to cover a wide range of industry participants which currently includes AT&T, BT, Colt, Crown Castle, Infinera, Liberty Global, Lumen Technologies, Telefonica, Verizon, Windstream and ZAYO.

The Open XR Forum was founded to foster collaboration among its members to facilitate adoption and accelerate growth of network architectures leveraging intelligent point-to-point and point-to-multipoint coherent pluggable transceivers.

Members will work to ensure that developed products and services align with existing standards and operating models by driving standardization of network interfaces and electromechanical hardware interfaces, demonstrating interoperability, establishing the potential of multiple sources, and developing and publishing new specifications as needed. This will accelerate the wide adoption and deployment of innovative XR optics technology by a broad spectrum of network operators in a wide variety of applications. Open XR Forum membership is intended for network operators, network equipment vendors, and component vendors.

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