Operator strategies for deploying a multi-vendor optical network

28 March 2024 | Research

Simon Sherrington

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (7 slides) | Transport Network Strategies

"Although barriers still remain, it is increasingly possible for operators to pursue a multi-vendor optical transport network strategy." 


Operators have long been restricted to single-vendor optical transport network deployments, which has limited their choice, flexibility and ability to reduce costs. However, recent technology developments mean that operators can consider deploying or migrating to a multi-vendor optical network.

This report provides

  • an analysis of the challenges that operators have faced when trying to implement a multi-vendor optical transport network strategy
  • an overview of the main drivers of operators' interest in optical transport supplier diversification
  • discussion of three solutions that operators can implement to begin diversifying their optical transport network supply base.


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