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CANARIE, ORANO reach RFP stage in ROADM deployment plan

Optical equipment vendors have been invited to submit Request for Proposals to CANARIE and ORANO (Ontario Regional ...


October 7, 2005  


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Optical equipment vendors have been invited to submit Request for Proposals to CANARIE and ORANO (Ontario Regional Optical Advanced Network Organization) to deploy a ROADM (reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer) network across southern Ontario with possible extensions to Montreal, Albany and New York City as well as from Windsor to Chicago.

The purpose of the network will be to test and develop new and novel optical network architectures and business models as well as provide high bandwidth lightpaths for various applications.

CANARIE, ORANO, NYSERnet in New York and MICHnet in Michigan signed a multi-party memorandum of understanding, which would enable bandwidth swapping between the respective optical networks.

This will allow the networks and their institutions to inexpensively build private optical networks that extend many hundreds of miles beyond their own network territories, CANARIE said.

“As well, through this RFP, institutions and individuals will be encouraged to do their own wavelength insertion and extraction with remote ROADM terminals located on their campuses.

“As much as possible we want to minimize active electronics and equipment in the core of the network and encourage control and management of individual lightpaths by institutions or users at the edge of the network.”

Headquartered in Ottawa, CANARIE employs 26 full-time staff dedicated to the research and implementation of advanced networks and applications.