NEC Receives “Bronze Badge Meets Requirements” from TIP for Transponder Solution: Press Releases


Tokyo – November 10, 2022 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) has received two bronze badges that meet the requirements of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) for deploying its network operating system on the open and disaggregated optical network defined by TIP. 400G transponder solution known as Phoenix. The software layer also provides an open and standard software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenConfig-based API, which conforms to the requirements defined by the Mandatory Use Cases for SDN Transport (MUST) project group within TIP.

TIP is a global community of companies and organizations that work together to develop, test, and deploy open, disaggregated, and standards-based solutions.

The Phoenix solution was defined by TIP’s Open Optical and Packet Transport (OOPT) project group, a carrier-driven initiative for the development of open technologies, architectures and interfaces in the field of optical and IP networks. . Phoenix is ​​the result of the close collaboration of the operators NTT, Telia, Telefonica, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and MTN throughout the development, from the specification of the technical requirements to the evaluation of the conformity of the solution via the testing process and validation of TIP.

The MUST group, which also includes other operators Telecom Italia, Turkcell, Orange and China Mobile, defines the target architecture and technical requirements for SDN-based transport networks. For this particular initiative, the group defined the technical requirements for the vendor’s open optical terminal control and management API builds based on the OpenConfig data models.

Phoenix is ​​a white box L0/L1 transponder that carriers can deploy on their existing optical line systems to increase network capacity. It is based on disaggregated hardware and software components and is capable of line interface speeds of 400G. NEC’s solution consists of the NEC network operating system (based on open source Goldstone software) running on Wistron’s Galileo Flex-T hardware and is interoperable with various OpenROADM and OIF specification compliant transceivers.


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