March 1, 2019
OE Solutions Delivers 25Gbps Optical Transceivers for Nation-Wide Deployment of 5G Wireless in South Korea
By OE Solutions
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, March 1, 2019 — OE Solutions announces its participation in the nation-wide roll-out of 5G in South Korea, for which it supplies a range of 25Gbps and 10Gbps WDM Industrial-Temperature rated (IT) transceivers. Custom-grid WDM transceivers in the O-band, such as LWDM (utilizing the LAN wavelength grid), offer capital and time-to-market advantages by allowing coexistence of 5G with other services on the existing fiber plant.
Network operators globally have been trialing 5G equipment in anticipation of a rapid uptake fueled by the general hunger for bandwidth as well as new applications, which promise to increase total spend on wireless services. Standards are still under development, but the first mass roll-outs of 5G (NR) are already under way in South Korea. The three largest wireless network operators have committed to build nation-wide networks that will serve 80% of the population by the end of 2020. This will entail more than 1M optical transceivers of various types at a cost exceeding $400M. Already by the end of March 2019, the plan is to provide 5G services in the Seoul plus 5 major metropolitans areas.
The deployments include both 10Gbps and 25Gbps transceivers for the fronthaul connection utilizing a mix of CWDM and DWDM to maximize the utility of the existing fiber plant. OE Solutions, which is a major supplier of transceivers for both data rates, have been delivering more than 2,000 units of 25Gbps LWDM transceivers per week to support the rapid roll-out and plan to increase the capacity further.
“OE Solutions’ customer support and custom transceiver design capabilities are critical for KT to lead the way in with our nation-wide deployment of an economical 5G wireless network infrastructure”, said Mr. Lee, Director of Network Strategy at Korea Telecom, “Their focus on 25Gbps transceivers for wireless applications matches KT’s goal of offering state-of-the-art wireless services that can scale and satisfy the bandwidth requirements as 5G matures”.
“We are pleased to work very closely with the Korean network operators on the roll-out of their nation-wide 5G network”, said Walter Lee, Head of Product Management and Strategy of OE Solutions, and continued “OE Solutions has been deeply involved with previous generations of wireless deployments in Korea, which has honed our skills and built the required expertise to meet the demanding requirements of the rapidly evolving wireless infrastructure.
Visit OE Solutions at OFC, Booth 2029, in San Diego, CA, USA, from March 5 to 7, 2019 to learn more about its extensive portfolio of optical transceivers for next generation access networks as well as Smart SFP technology. Demos of both technologies will be shown at the booth.
About OE Solutions
OE Solutions is a global technology leader in optical transceivers for both wireless and wireline markets. For more than 15 years, OE Solutions has provided innovative, intelligent and green solutions to empower faster and richer communication, delivering the greatest satisfaction to its customers. OE Solutions is headquartered in Gwangju, South Korea, and has R&D centers in USA, the Netherlands as well as business centers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.oesolutions.com.