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October 21, 2014 17:40 ET

Infonetics whitepaper and Oct. 28 webinar help kick off the 'Packet-Optical Migration'

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - October 21, 2014) - A new white paper and webinar presented by market research firm Infonetics Research examine how newly-architected packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS) increase the value of the transport layer by offloading many of the aggregation functions of carrier Ethernet and routing systems.

The white paper, The Coming Packet-Optical Migration, is written by Infonetics optical analyst Andrew Schmitt, and outlines how metro-edge and metro-regional P-OTS help service providers that have a wide variety of services and networks to manage.

The webinar, Building More Efficient Networks with Multi-Layer Packet-Optical, also led by Andrew Schmitt, will be presented live with Cisco, Coriant and MRV Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 11:00 A.M. EDT and available to watch on-demand immediately afterward. Registrants for the webinar receive a free copy of Infonetics' Packet-Optical white paper. To learn more and register, visit:

"P-OTS used to be called 'god boxes' because they were over-engineered to address many applications. A decade ago this flexibility came at much higher cost, but recent advances let service providers pay for only what they need today, knowing additional functions can be introduced at a future date," says Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for carrier transport networking at Infonetics Research and author of the white paper. "The eventual arrival of transport SDN (software-defined networking) will be yet another positive catalyst for P-OTS."


  • Infonetics defines packet-optical transport system (P-OTS) as a convergence technology that can perform layer 0 optical (ROADM), layer 1 circuit (OTN/SONET/SDH), and layer 2 (Ethernet) switching functions, a definition that 86% of service providers participating in a recent Infonetics packet-optical survey agree is accurate (
  • The driving force behind P-OTS is service providers' need for a toolset of hardware and software that flattens network hardware, services, and management into a single domain
  • Combining optical, circuit switching, and layer 2 intelligence into one system allows service providers to build newer, flatter networks that can handle a wide variety of functions today while having the flexibility to deal with unexpected future requirements
  • Software-defined networking (SDN), with its centralized approach, makes P-OTS easier to deploy by lowering the level of software complexity and allowing its multilayer capabilities to be better utilized
  • Adoption of P-OTS is accelerating: Infonetics projects that P-OTS will account for 15% of optical equipment capex in 2014, and forecasts the market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16% from 2013-2018

Additional topics in Infonetics' 15-page packet-optical white paper include: The Packet-Optical Vision; P-OTS Flattens the Network; Market Drivers; Not the God Box of the Past; and IP Over DWDM Not the Best Solution.

Everyone who registers for analyst Andrew Schmitt's Building More Efficient Networks with Multi-Layer Packet-Optical webinar will receive The Coming Packet-Optical Migration white paper. Join the event live Oct. 28 at 11:00 A.M. EDT or watch the replay. The webinar examines how network operators are building more capable and efficient networks:


Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics' About Us slides here and its 2015 market research lineup, including Optical services, at

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    Andrew Schmitt
    Principal Analyst, Carrier Transport Networking
    Infonetics Research
    Email contact
    +1 408-583-3393
    Twitter: @aschmitt