Abstract

To meet the requirements of 5G high capacity optical metro networks, a programmable disaggregated multi-dimensional sliceable bandwidth/bitrate variable transceiver (S-BVT) is proposed. Specifically, transceiver multi-dimensionality is presented exploiting spatial, polarization, and spectral information as a solution to support network capacity and bandwidth scaling 5G requirements. Space division multiplexing is implemented by considering a 19-core multicore fiber enabling capacity scaling with the number of cores, whereas polarization division multiplexing is assessed enabling 50% spectral saving by considering two orthogonal polarization components. Finally, by the implementation of multi-band transmission systems, the optical bandwidth can be increased by a factor of 10, compared to a conventional C-band system. In these last two cases, the existing spectrum and network infrastructure can be reused, bringing new capabilities. In particular, in this work, multi-band transmission is assessed by exploiting the C-band and L-band. Additionally, disaggregation is also addressed at the transceiver level to enhance network flexibility, avoiding vendor lock-in while achieving efficiency and cost reduction. Disaggregation enables assembling open components, devices, and sub-systems into optical infrastructures and networks. On the other hand, the adoption of the software defined networking paradigm enables system/network programmability and reconfigurability, promoting an efficient use of the multi-dimensional network resources. Therefore, in this work, we analyze and experimentally demonstrate different S-BVT advanced functionalities suitable to support the stringent network requirements of 5G. These capabilities include rate/distance adaptability, programmability/configurability, disaggregation, and multi-dimensionality. Different network scenarios have been considered to assess the S-BVT functionalities, enabling Tb/s optical transmission.

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