Flexible Open Line systems

Flexible and futureproof DCI and Metro networks with embedded DWDM transceivers, transponders, smart management and SDN control.


The DCP platform is used to build open optical point-to-point, as well as advanced, ROADM-based ring and mesh networks for 1-400 Gbps


With an open architecture the functionality of once monolithic optical transport systems can be disaggregated, using embedded transceivers, open line systems and SDN control, resulting in a much better price/performance. Smartoptics has therefore developed the Dynamic Connectivity Platform (DCP) for active open line systems of all types, may they be simple point-to-point links or advanced, ROADM-based, ring and mesh networks. To fit all the varying needs of an open line system, the DCP platform comes in three flavors – the DCP-M, the DCP-R and the DCP-F families – each optimized for a particular type of optical network

“The Smartoptics open line solution is completely scalable, you can pay as you grow, making it a smart investment”
– Georg Chytil, CEO at next layer.

The versatile DCP-F


a family of pluggable, active optical units.

Lowering the cost and increasing the flexibility of the optical network is high on the agenda for most enterprises and operators. Smartoptics, recognizing the need for a modern and open approach to optical networking, has therefore developed the versatile DCP-F family of open line system units. The family allows for an unprecedented flexibility in configuring point-to-point, ring, and mesh topologies at the lowest possible cost.



DCP-M is exactly like using a passive multiplexer, but unlike a passive multiplexer it monitors the traffic, amplifies the signals for longer distances and can handle higher data rate protocols.

DCP-M – Zero touch provisioning

-Completely automatic optical setup, just like using a passive multiplexer
-Automatic fiber distance measurement and Dispersion Compensation setting
-Automatic modulation format detection
-Automatic client and line regulation
-Support for a mixture of up to 40 x PAM4 (Colorz), 400ZR OIF, NRZ & coherent wavelengths
-Scalable and cost effective datacom platform
-Modern management architecture based on REST/Netconf APIs or a CLI, when required
-Easily integrated into any network telemetry system
-The leading 1U Open Line System on the market for use with PAM4 transceivers

Small, smart and easy


Optical equipment is obviously state-of-the-art technology and most people assume you need a crowd of PhDs just to keep it up and running. But do you? In this video, we test that assumption by letting someone else have a go. Want to try it out yourself?



A family of ROADMs for metro and regional networks.

Using ROADMs is since long the standard method to enable flexible add/drop of wavelengths in optical networks having ring and mesh topologies. With its open architecture and support for multiple traffic formats, the Smartoptics DCP-R Family allows you to implement virtually any type of ROADM-based network topology, disintegrating the once monolithic optical platforms into separate, open line systems, switches with embedded transceivers and transponders.


Cost efficient, high-capacity metro networking at IX Australia

Non-profit internet exchange IX Australia operates five peering points across the country, accessed by 20 major metropolitan data centers. The exchange recently decided to upgrade its metro network capacities to 100G, to cater for rapidly growing data traffic.

Network and Wavelength Management

Looking at the total life cycle cost of a communications network, the recurring operational and management expenses dominate. Capable network management tools and network equipment designed for cost efficient maintenance are vital to make the communication network investment profitable and the business case attractive.

An open optical network requires a similarly open approach to network management. Where traditional optical transport system vendors have built proprietary software architectures for management of their own hardware, Smartoptics products provide open APIs that allow the customer to leverage open source solutions available today, develop their own applications on open SDN platforms or buy complete management solutions from other commercial players.


Reduced cost

Unprecedented level of cost efficiency and ROI for DCI and Metro. The end result: reduction in price, fewer spare parts and lower operating cost.

User friendly

Complete zero-touch automatic optical setup, just like using a passive multiplexer.


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