We expect to see significant growth in OTN (optical transport network) technology across all regions of the developing world, mainly because of the reliance on mobile infrastructure vs. traditional telecommunications services.
OTN provides higher speed interfaces and better packet transport capabilities than earlier technologies. OTN is the Layer 1 protocol standardized by the ITU-T Study Group 15 to carry multi-gigabit signals across a fiber-optical infrastructure. It supersedes legacy SONET/SDH technology and is designed to address the challenges of a high-speed multi-service telecommunications infrastructure.
An increasing demand for OTN technology is expected from the growing need for mobile fronthaul (MFH) technology to help service providers accommodate leading edge, high-bandwidth applications for wireless devices like video and 3D gaming. OTN is considered the most appropriate technology for transporting CPRI (common public radio interface), the prevailing communication protocol for the new mobile C-RAN (Cloud Radio Access Networks) deployments.
Ruben Markus is the CEO of IP Light.