Whitestack drives Field Trial in Peru for TIP’s Open Optical technology, Cassini.

For the first time, Cassini will be tested on an existing DWDM network spanning more than 1000km.


by José Miguel Guzmán
published on Oct 15, 2019

LIMA, October 14, 2019: Whitestack and several key players in the disaggregated optical transport space have arrived in Peru to initiate the first trial of Cassini, a 100 / 200 Gbps open optical transponder, on an existing line system spanning over 1000 km.

Cassini is an open packet-optical transponder, whose design was contributed to the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) by Edgecore Networks and which is now generally available as a commercial product. It is the industry’s highest capacity and first modular open packet transponder, offering a flexible mix of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) packet switching ports and 100 / 200 Gbps coherent optical interfaces for data center interconnect and service provider metro and backhaul use cases.

The Cassini Open Transponder

The Cassini Open Transponder

As part of TIP’s Open Optical & Packet Transport project group, Whitestack is coordinating the integration of all the elements of the fully disaggregated transport network, including Cassini devices from Edgecore Networks, the OcNOS™ network operating system from IP Infusion, optical technology from Fujitsu Optical Components, Lumentum and NTT Electronics, and the ONOS controller from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). All these elements together provide an end to end solution that operators can use to increase the capacity of their existing optical networks.

Cassini and other projects from TIP, such as Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG), are critical for making networks ready for 5G and its future applications, and align perfectly with Whitestack’s vision of adopting novel open technologies to build the high capacity infrastructure required for the next decade.

The Cassini Open Transponder

The Cassini Open Transponder

With this, Whitestack continues to support telecom operators to embrace open and disaggregated technologies, as part of their strategy to increase flexibility and capacity at competitive costs. Whitestack looks forward to more collaboration with TIP ecosystem partners to support telecom operators to adopt the next generation of technologies coming out of the TIP community.