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In a week of bold optical transport announcements, Huawei announces a 200G PIC for metro networks.

Huawei Ups the Metro Ante

Ray Le Maistre
6/27/2014
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Huawei has ended a week of increasingly bold optical development announcements by unveiling a 200Gbit/s photonic integrated chip (PIC)-based device designed for deployment in metro networks. (See Huawei Unveils 200Gbit/s Metro Photonic Integration Device.)

The Chinese vendor believes that capacity demands on metro networks will increase dramatically, driven by increasing volumes of backbone traffic being offloaded onto metro networks. As a result, metro transport gear needs to have much greater capacity and this, believes Huawei, makes the introduction of high-capacity WDM systems at "the edge" of the network inevitable.

To meet that demand, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has developed a PIC -- a chip that integrates multiple WDM components such as lasers, modulators, detectors, and multiplexers -- that can deliver 200 Gbit/s per fiber and be deployed on its OSN 1800 V box, a 5RU height WDM/OTN box. (See Huawei Unveils Metro OTN Box.)

The vendor says it's also developing a 400Gbit/s PIC.

In its efforts to take a slice of a PIC market dominated by Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN), Huawei has been building up its PIC capabilities for years, and has made a couple of strategic acquisitions in Europe to boost its R&D capabilities. (See Huawei Completes CIP Acquisition, Huawei completes acquisition of Caliopa, and Infinera Shifts Up a Gear.)

And there seems little doubt that the metro network is the next big battleground for the optical transport vendors. (See Ekinops Entices 100G Metro Market, MRV Unveils OptiPacket for Metro Edge, OTN Innovation Boosts Metro 100G, Ciena Stirs Up the Metro Market, and ADVA Claims Metro 100G Security First .)

The 200Gbit/s PIC wasn't the only optical transport announcement this week, and indeed not the only one from Huawei. Here's the pick of the rest:

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DOShea
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DOShea,
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6/30/2014 | 2:46:14 PM
Re: Big battle looming
True, Infinera and Ciena probably don't need to worry about Huawei as a threat in the US market for now, and probably won't have much luck against them in China, but they are both trying to make headway in the rest of Asia, and the rest of the world.
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thebulk,
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6/29/2014 | 2:09:17 PM
Re: Big battle looming
I wonder if Infinera will even take Huawei as a serious threat to thier market share, outside China that is. 
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DOShea,
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6/27/2014 | 10:37:20 AM
Re: Big battle looming
Yes, definite battle looming in the metro, and wonder if Huawei's move will lure Infinera deeper into that battle. It has not been quite as bullish on the metro market as Ciena, for example, but beyind 100G, it certainly has the PIC and the capabilities.
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Ray@LR,
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6/27/2014 | 9:48:07 AM
Big battle looming
IT's going to be interesting to see if Huawei makes any headway with its metro PIC products outside China -- Infinera has such a foothold, a lot of experience and a track record of delivering, as well as market momentum.

 

The metro market, though, is going to be brutal, it seems. So many cmopanies betting the house on this one...
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