Voll, Stefan (Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH & Co. KG, Munich, Germany)
Optical transport is the only technology providing the necessary reach and capacity to make today’s and tomorrow's telecommunication networks possible. Recent progress will leverage this technology to greatly simplify network structures, to reduce complexity of network planning and operations, and to increase agility of the overall transport network. Next Generation Optical Access (NGOA) will simplify backhaul by making aggregation equipment and many equipment sites obsolete. Packet Optical Transport Systems (POTS) will condense network layers into a converged network for wavelength, circuit and packet transport and switching and therefore enable simpler end-to-end control of transport services.