The alternative option of installing compatible optical transceivers is well known to most Operators, even if they are still procuring optics directly from the System Vendor due to contractual obligations.
Operators are squeezed by budget constraints at a time when investment in mass fibre deployments (FTTx) are common and increased bandwidth is needed in the data centre.
This combination has meant that many Tier 1 and 2 operators in Europe have approached Hardware.com to discuss the procurement and delivery of ProLabs compatible optics as a primary cost saving practice.
The Operators need to not just understand the impact the procurement of compatible optics has on their TCO, but also on their internal resources and processes.
Most Operators are buying multiple optical transceiver SKUs across many different System Vendors’ platforms. The ranges include standard 1 and 10Gig SFPs, WDM, Bi-Directional, to the newer 40Gig QSFP+ and 100Gig QSFP128 parts and also OLT and ONT SFPs for GPON.
Due to both the commercial and technical aspects of these requirements, complex RFQ’s and/or Public Tenders are usually started by the Operators.
Working in close partnership with ProLabs, Hardware.com has been successful in winning many of these contracts across Europe and around the world. This shows that we have been able to demonstrate value for money in a competitive market place, but also that the ProLabs product offering combined with our flexibility and experience in dealing with global companies, is now proven to satisfy the stringent demands of the Operators.