Move over, 5G – we're talking 800G! As the OFC show continues, albeit minus a few big names, the optical transport sector fills the Light Reading inbox with news of technical advances and deals galore.

March 11, 2020

6 Min Read
The long-distance view of OFC: 800G and more!

Despite pre-show concerns about you know what, the annual OFC event is underway in San Diego, but, like a few other companies, the Light Reading team isn't there this year.

So we don't have any reports from the show floor, conference rooms and San Diego's cheapest bars, which is a shame because the optical transport gear sector had a good year in 2019, growing by 6% in 2019, according to the team at Dell'Oro, and we could have celebrated its success with a tequila or six.

Figure 1: Just look at that sunny sky... Missed (by us at least) but not forgotten: OFC 2020. Missed (by us at least) but not forgotten: OFC 2020.

Many trends and topics are being discussed at the show this week, but 800G optical transport was always going to be near the top of the list. Check out this analyst note by Ian Redpath, who leads Omdia's Optical Networks, Optical Components and Core Switching practice, to find out how advances in coherent digital signal processing are enabling 800G and impacting the optical transport market.

So, kicking off with some 800G announcements, here's a run-down of the recent main announcements of note from the optical and IP transport sector's key players.

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