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Ekinops announced the availability of a new pluggable module (PM_400FR05-C2A) in its optical transport system. This is another emerging trend where pluggable coherent optics are used instead of embedded optics in a traditional transponder shelf. This approach provides the customer with pay-as-you-grow functionality plus performance and supply chain flexibility. These transceivers will represent more than 20% of all 100G+ telecom bandwidth deployed in 2022, growing to 30% by 2024.

400G pluggable optics are revolutionizing the optical communications market by creating more flexible high-performance networks at lower cost for both data center and traditional telco operators. This performance and cost savings provide a compelling case for all network operators to consider pluggable coherent optics-based network designs, and deployments based on these modules will lead coherent bandwidth growth in optical networking for the next several years.

— Scott Wilkinson, Lead Analyst for Optical Components at Cignal AI

Ekinops Announces Availability of New CFP2-based 400G Transport Solution