Unlocking faster content creation, distribution and viewing with all-
optical circuit switching
In this Blog Post, Chris O’Conor, Regional VP Sales, Service Providers, at
HUBER+SUHNER Polatis explains how optical circuit switching has become a cornerstone
of fiber optic networks in broadcast and content creation.
In today’s fast-paced digital age, the availability of reliable, ultra-high-speed connectivity has
become an essential component of modern broadcast networks. With the increasing
demand for flexibility in the creation, editing, distribution and broadcasting of content, comes
the expectation of instant availability across any network type and the termination on a wide
variety of platforms.
In the past, broadcasters only needed to produce and deliver content in standard definition
(SD). However, with the emergence of High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD)
broadcast standards, broadcasters now need to create three versions of the same content
with varied formats, further increasing the complexity of the broadcast process. Combining
these three video formats with the associated audio and data streams means it has become
a priority for broadcasters and content providers to find a solution to these challenges. As a
result, they are moving away from niche, less flexible legacy products, to align more closely
with flexible and ubiquitous telecom standards.
Fiber for today and beyond
Based on the speed and bandwidth requirements needed to keep pace with the consumer’s
appetite for new data, today’s content creation and delivery networks are fiber optic. This
enables transmission over a much greater distance than coax with much lower cross talk
and signal distortion, and at much lower cost. This transformation to deploying standard
optical transmission equipment means a more flexible and efficient architecture can be
created with the use of agnostic, physical layer all-optical circuit switching.
All-optical switches as the solution
All-optical circuit switches switch data between different network connections while
preserving it in optical form, which allows for faster more reliable communication. It enables
broadcasters to handle large amounts of data at high speeds without the signal degradation
that can occur in traditional switching methods. Additionally, optical switches can help
reduce network latency and improve overall network performance, ensuring that broadcast
content is delivered to viewers quickly and reliably. Being software-controlled, these
switches can easily be integrated into various broadcast management systems and operated
remotely, eliminating human error from manual patching.
Overall, optical circuit switching has revolutionised the way content is created, distributed
and viewed. The technology is transforming the broadcast industry and enabling content
creators and broadcasters to meet the growing demand for high-quality, high-definition
content. Learn more on how HUBER+SUHNER Polatis all-optical switch portfolio contributes
to this, including two key applications, by reading the whitepaper at: https://bit.ly/PolBCast