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Coherent Pluggable Optics: A 2023 Heavy Reading Survey

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Coherent optics innovation has bifurcated along two different and equally important paths – high-performance optics driving capacity beyond 1 Tb/s per wavelength and coherent pluggable optics converging at 400 Gb/s transmission. New innovations eke out more capacity, but at increasing cost and complexity. This white paper, co-sponsored by Infinera and based on Heavy Reading’s 2023 Coherent Optics Survey results, focuses on the current state and future trajectory of coherent pluggables, from 100G to 800G and from traditional architectures to IPoDWDM. It also reveals key findings about Tier 1 operators prioritizing point-to-multipoint and host-independent management when selecting coherent pluggables.

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