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Preaching Packet Optical

11:32 AM -- I'm here at Optical Expo this morning, and Rod Naphan, VP of product planning at Fujitsu Network Communications is at the podium now making the case for the company's new Flashwave 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform.

He hasn't actually mentioned the product yet; he's making a technology argument for packet optical devices in general. That kind of device, as defined by most in the optical space, includes photonics, Ethernet packets, and Sonet in a single device.

Briefly, Naphan says the packet optical platforms must solve metro Ethernet scaling issues, include ROADM functionality on a blade, and last 15 to 20 years, as should all parts of the aggregation and transport network.

He doesn't see MSPPs dying off. "I don't think the MSPP is going to drop like a rock," he says. But he says the technology on an MSPP will become integrated into other devices, as opposed to going away entirely.

— Phil Harvey, Barely Managing Editor, Light Reading

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