Evolving network requirements are driving an expansion of use cases that can benefit from coherent optical technology. This is ushering in a new era of pluggable coherent optical technology with 100 – 400Gb/s capacity, support for various interoperable transport standards and a wide variety of client payloads. At the same time, the options for pluggable client optical transceivers are also broadening with respect to form factor, client rates and types. At the nexus of these trends are transport and router platforms utilizing both client pluggable optics and coherent pluggable optics to support a range of different applications. These systems will leverage the capabilities of this new generation of multi-rate coherent pluggables to enable features like modularity, pay-as-you-grow, interoperability and flexibility.
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