Germany launched a new research project on the expansion of fiber optic network capacities. Funded at the initiative of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the OptiCON project is aiming to explore technologies that could help the fiber optic infrastructure to multiply 10 times the capacity it currently has.

Planned to last three years, the project goals are leveraging unused optical spectrum, new fibre types, novel transmission schemes, as well as advanced monitoring and SDN control.

Annika Dochhan, principal engineer, advanced technology, ADVA and OptiCON project lead

This project couldn’t be more vital. We’re looking at disruptive ways to expand network capacity in the future. By using untapped spectrum, we can maximise the value of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks and tackle soaring data demand from cloud, video and mobile.’

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