By TIP News

We are pleased to announce Turkcell has successfully completed its first field trial of Cassini, the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) disaggregated coherent switch and open packet transponder, in Turkey.

The trial successfully connected two of Turkcell’s data centers, Gebze DC and Europe DC, which are distanced 150 km apart, using a 200Gbps link. Edgecore’s Cassini packet-optical switches (AS7716 Series) were running with IP Infusion’s OcNOS and equipped with Lumentum’s 100/200G CFP2-DCO pluggable modules from on an existing third party optical line system.

OOPT’s Cassini solution demonstrated, throughout the trial, expert spectrum efficiency over a challenging optical line system and demonstrated the viability of high-capacity circuits on an existing line system with a disaggregated packet and optical system using several vendors through open standards.

Cassini was developed by TIP’s Open Optical & Packet Transport (OOPT) Project Group and is the industry’s highest capacity and first modular open packet transponder, offering a flexible mix of 100 Gigabit Ethernet packet switching ports and 100/200 Gbps coherent optical interfaces for data center interconnect and service provider backhaul use 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 enables a transition from traditional networks to open networks.

“The success of this trial is a vital first step in our journey towards implementing an open and collaborative approach throughout our network which has traditionally operated vertically and closed,” said Gediz Sezgin, Chief Network Technologies Officer, Turkcell.

Attilio Zani, TIP Executive Director, said: “This project shows TIP’s commitment to delivering open, disaggregated network solutions across the transport network. This is a great example of how companies can collaborate in TIP’s ecosystem to build, test, and validate the robust backbone infrastructure needed for data center interconnectivity.”

The success of this trial was the result of effective collaboration from Edgecore, IP Infusion, Lumentum, and the Telecom Infra Project.