Nokia claims first optical network-as-a-service offering at MEF

31 October 2018 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Nokia has introduced what the vendor is calling the first optical network-as-a-service offering at the MEF18 conference in Los Angeles.

The company says that WaveSuite is a family of open, focused, business-oriented applications dedicated to modernising optical networking operations.

“As part of Nokia’s already rich portfolio of network software, WaveSuite applications provide the tools optical network operators need to accelerate their business transformation,” said Sam Bucci, head of optical networks for the company.

“These innovations are the result of years of working closely with our customers to address all aspects of optical networking with open applications enhancing not just operations, but opening up new services and business models. We look forward to our continued work with our customers around the globe on their journey to becoming digital service providers.”

One customer that immediately backed the development was New Zealand’s wholesale carrier-neutral last-mile company, Chorus.

“We’re excited by the Nokia WaveSuite open applications rollout,” said the company’s head of innovation, Mike Lott.

He added: “We are looking forward to leveraging initiatives such as the Nokia WaveSuite service enablement assurance applications to put more network control in the hands of our customers, while also minimizing our investment in upgrading back office systems.”

Nokia said that the suite of applications gives network operators the ability to virtualise and better monetise their optical infrastructure, enabling network-as-a-service business models which can be used to support new channels to market.

The solution implements the new MEF optical transport services standards, which enable the delivery of agile and assured layer-1 services, orchestrated within an open environment.

The company said that the suite of modular applications gives service providers, wholesalers and large enterprises the ability to virtualise their optical networking infrastructure, enabling network-as-a-service business models which can be used to support new channels to market.