optical networking techniques lie at the heart of the Internet Age, providing cost-effective multi-terabit transmission, thanks to technologies like Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing, which assign different information streams to
the component wavelengths (“colours”) of white light to greatly enhance the signal-carrying capabilities of optical fibre.
Approval of Recommendation ITU-T G.871/Y.1301 will help further develop this exciting field, providing an important framework for coordinating development of emerging Recommendations on different aspects of the Optical Transport Network (OTN).
Recommendations developed within this new framework will ultimately deliver consumers on-demand bandwidth, scalable to virtually any requirement, within a switched optical network environment. By offering both improved reliability and reduced cost, these new Recommendations will be instrumental in paving the way for explosive growth in bit-hungry streaming multimedia services.