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Optical Network Control: Architecture, Protocols, and Standards by Debanjan Saha, Bala Rajagopalan, Greg Bernstein

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14.2. Business Drivers and Inhibitors

In many ways, the optical control plane is a disruptive technology with the potential to revolutionize the transport infrastructure [Rajagopalan+00]. In today's business environment, however, there is very little appetite for new technology without a strong business driver. Hence, while there are differences of opinion regarding how standards should be defined and implemented, there is general agreement about why: It's all about making money! Service providers have a need to increase their margins by reducing opex, and increase their revenue streams by introducing new services. The need for a common optical control plane to automate signaling and routing is clearly present. The control plane introduces “agility” ...

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