P-OTS, or packet-optical transport systems, were introduced to the market a few years ago. These products were created to meet the requirements of operators trying to cope with massive amounts of data traffic. The goal was to make transport networks more supportive of data services, more resilient, more manageable and more cost-effective. But have the systems lived up to expectations? Are they meeting operators’ goals for next-generation transport?
The growing demand for bandwidth seems like a never ending story. Driven by the richness of content in vertical markets like broadband residential access and cellular, operators and telecoms vendors alike are constantly looking for ways to convert networks into more scalable and efficient packet-based transport networks.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post here inviting you all to attend Light Reading India’s Next-Generation Packet Transport Networks conference. That event is now behind us, and I’d like to share some impressions with you. Before I begin, I must tell you that I’m not terribly fond of telecoms industry events. More often than not, vendors use these events as a platform for hawking their products, and this just doesn’t sit right with me. But that said, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the Next-Gen Packet Transport conference – and my experiences there are helping me to view these types of events in a much more positive light.