by TIP News

Industry Collaboration Deploys First Disaggregated Optical Network in Latin America

Jul 23, 2020

Mundo Pacifico, a Chile-based telecommunications provider, has announced that it is increasing its network capacity for major cities in central Chile by deploying HyperNET, a software-defined IP network based on Cassini (the Coherent Switch developed within the Telecom Infra Project).

HyperNET is based on Cassini, a disaggregated coherent switch and open packet transponder from Edgecore Networks, that provides high performance switching along with long-haul CFP2 coherent optics modules. Contrary to the traditional approaches, Cassini collapses the Optical to the IP layers in a single platform, making it very efficient for managing huge volumes of traffic.

By using CFP2-DCO (Digital Coherent Optics) from vendors such as Acacia Communications, Mundo Pacifico has created the highest capacity network in the region, interconnecting cities and villages with trunks of 200 or 400 Gbps to cover significant distances with no need of external optical amplification in most cases.

The networking stack is based on OcNOS from IP Infusion, the industry’s first full-featured network OS for white box disaggregated network solutions and provides seamless transition from traditional networks to open networks. Instead of a vendor locked-in solution, a disaggregated networking model allows network operators to build and manage open networks, while rapidly deploying new networking features and services at less TCO. OcNOS features advanced capabilities, such as extensive switching and routing protocol support. By leveraging TIP’s TAI (Transponder Abstraction Interface), OcNOS easily supports coherent optical modules from any conformant vendor, in a uniform way.

The network architecture was designed by the Mundo Pacifico architecture team. Whitestack provided an end-to-end integration of switching and optical technology, and Whitestack’s automation layer for provisioning services, in real time, as key Value-Added service.

“We differentiate our services by providing our customers the cutting-edge technologies developed by technology leaders and adopted by the most disruptive telecom operators. We are proud to take the lead on high capacity networks in the region,” noted Enrique Coulembier, CEO of Mundo Pacífico. “The Coronavirus crisis required people to stay in their homes, creating an unprecedented increase in network traffic. With this disaggregated approach thanks to IP Infusion’s rich and carrier-grade feature set, interoperability and enablement of disaggregation and Whitestack’s support, we are able to increase our capacity rather than be limited with the traditional Transport, MPLS and IP stack,” said Marcos Alcayaga, Mundo Pacifico networking manager.

“Mundo Pacifico is leveraging IP Infusion’s 20 years of experience in providing leading network operating systems for carriers who are implementing open, disaggregated networks,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “Our disaggregated network OS solution allows Mundo Pacifico to cover its targeted geographic areas and to expand in the future with a proven alternative to the more costly vendor lock-in option. This disaggregated networking solution delivers innovation agility in rolling out new services and meets Mundo Pacifico’s increased traffic demands.”

Cassini’s great innovation, “is that it was developed by a consortium of companies grouped in Telecom Infra Project, an initiative focused on developing disruptive network technologies aimed to provide Internet access to more people,” adds Gianpietro Lavado, Whitestack Senior Architect, who led the first trial of this technology in Peru.

“We congratulate Mundo Pacifico, IP Infusion and Whitestack for this huge milestone, an important achievement for the Open Optical Packet Transport team – and for the whole Industry – that demonstrates that when players collaborate together – they can produce brilliant solutions to very concrete problems with highly successful results,” said Attilio Zani, TIP Executive Director

“With the Cassini switch, Edgecore Networks continues to provide open networking solutions for a wide range of use cases for optical, data center, service provider and enterprise network operators. We are pleased that Mundo Pacifico selected HyperNET that’s based on Cassini to help expand their network capacity,” said George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks. “The combination of the robust OcNOS software features and Edgecore high-performance switches brings significant business and technology benefits to Mundo Pacifico with a new open networking infrastructure.”