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Who Makes What: ROADMs
JULY 26, 2004
In the past year or so, there’s been quite a lot of fuss over reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs), largely because several incumbent carriers appear to be interested in using them to upgrade their Sonet (Synchronous Optical NETwork) and SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) infrastructures. As a result, Light Reading has written plenty of articles about requests for proposal (RFPs) for ROADMs and which vendors may be poised to win one of them and possibly notch up contracts worth tens of millions of dollars. This report aims to put things into context, by explaining what ROADMs are, who makes them, and who makes the optical components used in their manufacture. It takes the standard form of our “Who Makes What” articles; in other words, we’re providing a first stab at definitions and lists of suppliers and inviting readers to propose additions and modifications. To start off with, let’s go back to basics. Reconfiguring a dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) network can take several weeks if done manually, and with networking requirements constantly changing, that's simply not good enough any more. The solution could lie with ROADMs, equipment that allows network operators to remotely change which wavelengths are taken in and out of a particular optical switching node. This technology could save carriers a pile of money by eliminating the dreaded "truck roll" and enabling them to turn on revenue generating services much faster. The market for ROADM technology could be about to take off. In a recent study of 27 major telecom carriers, Infonetics Research Inc. found the majority of them (26 out of the 27) intend to deploy ROADM technology in the future. Some 25 percent of carriers in the study said they plan to deploy ROADM technology within the next 12 months. The market for "systems sold with ROADM capability" is estimated to be worth around $85 million in 2004, according to Michael Howard, president of Infonetics, and principle author of the study. Backing up Infonetics' findings, there are several prominent contracts up for grabs at the moment, including RFPs from AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T - message board), SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC - message board), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ - message board). There has also been a spate of ROADM product announcements, including new products from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO - message board). "Every man and his dog is going to have a ROADM story soon," moans Rob Lane, VP of marketing and business development at ROADM startup Tropic Networks Inc. "Now that service providers have demonstrated that ROADM is real, everyone's rushing to catch up." That's where this report comes in. It aims to help folk keep track of a rapidly developing market, by identifying all the manufacturers of ROADM equipment, as well as those that supply the enabling component technologies, such as wavelength blockers and tunable filters. Click on the hyperlinks to go directly to the section of interest:
com and include "Who Makes What" and your company name in the subject field. Ciena. Mux Broadcast and Select This particular way of designing ROADMs has proved popular. we'd prefer you use the message board. We'll update it regularly to reflect your input. Sonet.asp?doc_id=52830&print=true 4/12/2007 .Light Reading . and others being based on it. We're also interested in suggestions for further product categories and refinements to the category structure. with early products from Marconi. which is a living document. http://www. Switch. Senior Editor. However.Networking the Telecom Industry Page 2 of 9 ROADM Architectures ROADM Equipment Vendors ROADM Component Vendors: Switches ROADM Component Vendors: Blockers & Filters Your input As with other Light Reading "Who Makes What" taxonomies already published (see Who Makes What: Optical Components 2004). To make suggestions. and revisions to this report. so that everyone can participate in discussions. corrections. — Pauline Rigby. Light Reading Background reading: Supercomm: A ROADM Show? Vendors Race for Reconfigurability ROADM Vendors Perk Up ROADMs Could Boost Components Report: Optical Add/Drop Muxes Archives of Related Light Reading Webinars: Integrating WDM. and SDH in Metro Networks Reconfigurable Optical Networks: Optical Performance Monitors ROADM Architectures There are two key architectures for ROADMs: Broadcast and Select Demux. if you prefer to keep your communications private.lightreading. this is just a starting point. Feel free to go beyond pointing to company names we may have mistakenly omitted. We now need you to dive in and suggest additions.com/document. please send them to editors@lightreading.
which helps keep costs down.Networking the Telecom Industry Page 3 of 9 How does it work? In the diagram above. Switch. In the other path. which can be incorporated into ROADMs. the add channels may come from tunable lasers. such as switching fabrics. which are selected by. please see the Light Reading report – Who Makes What: Optical Components 2004. channels are added at the output using another coupler. Vendors of the components that are key to ROADMs.asp?doc_id=52830&print=true 4/12/2007 .Light Reading .com/document. and tunable filters. channels that have already been dropped are eliminated from the output of the switch by blocking them with a component called a wavelength blocker (denoted WB). but with a few extras on the network management side.lightreading. tunable filters. wavelength blockers. The functionality is the same as a plain vanilla optical switch. Finally. and it could change if other switching technologies improve. light coming in on the left is divided equally between two paths by a splitter. All the incoming wavelengths must be demultiplexed. Demux. One reason this architecture has attracted vendors is that it has a lower insertion loss than ROADMs based on switch fabrics such as MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical switches). ROADM Equipment Vendors http://www. Mux A more traditional ROADM architecture is based on multiplexers and switching fabrics. For complete reconfigurability. The lower path is for the drop channels. then switched to the appropriate outputs and recombined. For other components such as tunable lasers. are listed on pages 4 and 5. This seems to be as much due to the high losses inherent in other technologies as anything else. for example. A second reason may be that it can offer a lower component count than alternatives.
lightreading.cisco. but says that it has only "limited deployment.com/us/services/Telecom/ByCateg/RegNMetroCore/BE8E8pAX7A.fujitsu.com/en/US/products/hw/optical/ps2006/ps5320/ Cisco introduced a ROADM feature to its ONS 15454 system at the Supercomm show this June. Others Photuris & SBC: The Inside Story Ciena Corp. but Cisco isn't saying who the development partner is. The technology isn't home grown. It comes in two parts: a double-width card for the wavelength-selective switch – the element that blocks wavelengths – and a singlecard demultiplexer.htm Related stories on Light Reading: Ciena Launches CoreStream Agility Interview: Gary Smith. Paris: CGEP:PA) Product Name: Related stories on Light Reading: Alcatel Tops Up Tropic Tropic Gets $33M From Alcatel. Related stories on Light Reading: Cisco.asp?doc_id=52830&print=true 4/12/2007 . allowing adding or dropping in any permutation. (Nasdaq: CSCO . Meriton Join ROADM Gang Vendors Race for Reconfigurability Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. Cisco's ROADM controls 32 wavelengths.message board. CEO." http://www. reportedly.Light Reading . Fujitsu is currently offering a thin film filter-based OADM as part of its metro DWDM product range. (Nasdaq: CIEN .com/document.message board) Product Name: Corestream Agility Product Info: http://www. Ciena Cisco Systems Inc.html Fujitsu has released several ROADM products: It has recently unveiled an extension to its Flashwave 7500 DWDM system that bestows ROADM capability on it.ciena.com/products/corestream/soadm. (FNC) Product name: Flashwave 7500 Product Info: http://www.message board) Product Name: ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform Product Info: http://www.Networking the Telecom Industry Page 4 of 9 Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA .
marconi. It’s also sold the PMA32 to other carriers in Europe and Australia.asp?doc_id=52830&print=true 4/12/2007 .php Meriton announced the addition of all-optical reconfigurability to its 7200 OADX at Supercomm. Marconi’s biggest success by far was in selling the PMA32 (PMA8's sucessor) to BT Group plc (NYSE: BTY . Marconi enhanced the ROADM technology in its PMA32 and incorporated it in its Multihaul 3000 DWDM product line. The original version was based on liquidcrystal wavelength blockers from Corning Inc. which was introduced in 1998. the PMA8.com/Home/customer_center/Products/Core/Optical%20Multiservice% 20Core/Multihaul%203000/Multihaul3000_ds.meriton. Product Name: 7200 Optical Add/Drop Switch (OADX) Product Info: http://www.Networking the Telecom Industry Page 5 of 9 Mahi Networks Inc. Marconi's ROADM uses the broadcast-and-select architecture.message board.mahinetworks. in some cases packaged as part of its SDH offering. (NYSE: GLW .lightreading. Photuris Assets Who Will Buy Photuris Remains? Photuris & SBC: The Inside Story Photuris Is Finished Metro DWDM Renaissance? Marconi Corp. long-haul.Light Reading . a product that Corning has discontinued. plc (Nasdaq: MRCIY . It’s a key part of its famed multibillion-dollar frame contract with BT (see Marconi wins $3+ Billion Contract). London: MONI) Product Names: PMA32 and Multihaul 3000 Product Info: PMA32: http://www. The company hasn't said what it has been replaced with. London: BTA). Related stories on Light Reading: Mahi Nabs $70M.message board). This supports up to 80 channels in regional.pdf Marconi was first with a ROADM product. Product Name: Vx7 Multi-Service Core Transport System Product Info: http://www.marconi.com/Home/customer_center/Products/Core/Optical%20Multiservice% 20Core/PMA32 Multihaul 3000: http://www. and ultralong-haul applications.shtml Mahi acquired its ROADM technology by buying the assets of Photuris. and is extendable in service to a multidirectional switch. It comes http://www.message board. More recently (November 2003). Related stories on Light Reading: Tropic: Hot or What? Kamelian Gets Green Light Meriton Networks Inc.com/document.com/solutions/metro_core_products_7200_oadx.com/products/vx7/index.
message board) Product Name: Common Photonic Layer Product Info: http://www. (NYSE/Toronto: NT .com/products/01/cpl/index.message board).htm http://www. WaveMaster element management system. The ROADM box can be deployed separately or as an upgrade to existing RAYexpress customers.lightreading. (NYSE: MOT .nortelnetworks. Related stories on Light Reading: Nortel Intros DWDM Platform Photuris & SBC: The Inside Story OpVista Inc.html Nortel includes ROADM functionality on the Common Photonic Layer.com/document. Related stories on Light Reading: Meriton Goes Long Haul Cisco.Networking the Telecom Industry Page 6 of 9 courtesy of a subsystem from Capella Photonics Inc. a DWDM platform introduced at Supercomm. Movaz says.. Product Name: MetroVista 100 and 2000. Movaz has announced partnerships with Lucent Technologies Inc. All the company's products are managed by the same network management software. Product Info: http://www.asp?doc_id=52830&print=true 4/12/2007 .Light Reading .message board) and Motorola Inc. Related stories on Light Reading: Movaz Unveils RayROADM Supercomm: A ROADM Show? Lucent & Movaz Seal Deal Top Ten Private Company: Movaz Networks Nortel Networks Ltd.opvista. (NYSE: LU . The company's RAYROADM is an integrated metro box that boasts the ability to reconfigure any wavelength or any combination of up to 40 wavelengths. Meriton Join ROADM Gang Movaz Networks Inc.com/products/index. Product Name: RAYROADM Product Info: Not yet available on Movaz's Website Movaz's ROADM addition to its product family was also unveiled at Supercomm.
The technology eliminates the need for optical switches and filters by broadcasting all wavelengths to all hubs in the network.Networking the Telecom Industry Page 7 of 9 OpVista's MetroVista product family targets cable operators and was first unveiled in May 2003.) http://www.Light Reading .siemens. Optical switching technologies are described in more detail in a couple of Light Reading reports – All-Optical Switching Tutorial. (NYSE: SBC .lightreading. and SBC says it hasn't made a final decision on the contract.message board). 2x2. Paris: CGEP:PA) to allow it to pursue a big RFP at carrier SBC Communications Inc. Sources say that Tropic has partnered with Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA . Neither party will confirm this. Customers include Time Warner Inc. Some switch technologies can been integrated with multiplexing technology to create full ROADM subsystems on a chip. Related stories on Light Reading: SBC: ROADM Search Ain't Over Metro DWDM Renaissance? Tropic: Hot or What? Tropic Touts Tracking Approach Tropic Networks Scores $60M ROADM Components Vendors: Switches Key component technologies for mux-switch-demux type ROADMs are optical switches and wavelength demultiplexers. a receiver is remotely tuned to the desired wavelength. Related stories on Light Reading: MSOs Eye Triple-Play Gear Opvista Switches on Cable OpVista Unveils Metro System Time Warner Deploys OpVista OpVista Scores $10M OpVista Intros 10G Ethernet Interface OpVista Extends 10-Gig Reach Siemens AG (NYSE: SI . Frankfurt: SIE) Product Name: Surpass HiT 7500 Product Info: http://www.message board). Part 1 and All-Optical Switching Tutorial.asp?doc_id=52830&print=true 4/12/2007 .message board. etc.jsp? sdc_p=t3cz3s4u0o1057523pSUnflmi1026310&sdc_sid=19339336103& Tropic Networks Inc. The second tutorial also matches technologies to different switching applications.message board.com/document.com/index. At each hub. Part 2. (NYSE: TWX . Small Switches (1x2.
Agiltron Inc.asp?doc_id=52830&print=true 4/12/2007 . (SKOE) SpectraSwitch Inc. Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc. Chromux Technologies Inc. ROADM Components Vendors: Blockers & Filters Broadcast and select architectures require wavelength blockers and tunable filters.message board. Inc. Metconnex NeoPhotonics Corp. Continuum Photonics Inc. Civcom Inc. DiCon Fiberoptics Inc. DuPont Photonics Technologies LLC JDS Uniphase Corp. DuPont Photonics Technologies LLC LightConnect Inc. Toronto: JDU) Oplink Communications Inc.lightreading. (AOMEMS) Calient Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: AFOP . Reconfigurable OADMs Active Optical Networks. (Nasdaq: AVNX . (Nasdaq: AVNX . (planned product) Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc. Glimmerglass Networks Lynx Photonic Networks Polatis Ltd. (Nasdaq: OPLK .com/document. DuPont Photonics Technologies LLC Fujitsu Ltd. Matrix Switches (8x8 and above) Advanced Optical MEMS Inc. Wavelength Blockers Avanex Corp.message board) SK Opto-Electronics Inc.message board) Avanex Corp. Ltd. AOC Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: JDSU . CoAdna Photonics Inc.Light Reading . AC Photonics Inc.message board) http://www.Networking the Telecom Industry Page 8 of 9 Accelink Technologies Co.message board) Capella Photonics Inc.
Optoplex Corp. (partnered with NP Photonics Inc.lightreading. Ondax Inc. Micron Optics Inc. http://www. CoAdna Photonics Inc. Engana Pty Ltd.asp?doc_id=52830&print=true 4/12/2007 . LightConnect Inc.) DiCon Fiberoptics Inc. JDS Uniphase Corp. Auxora Inc. Xtellus Inc. Little Optics Inc. Copyright © 2000-2007 Light Reading Inc. Oplink Communications Inc. JDS Uniphase Corp. Chromux Technologies Inc. Polychromix Inc.com/document. Lambda Crossing Ltd. Primanex Corp.Light Reading . .All rights reserved. Iolon Inc. Santec Corp. Avanex Corp. Please don't feed the monkey. Axsun Technologies Inc. Tunable Filters Aegis Semiconductor Inc.Networking the Telecom Industry Page 9 of 9 Bookham Technology plc Chromux Technologies Inc. OZ Optics Ltd.