Chorus has begun testing Nokia’s optical wavelength service assurance and commissioning technology for layer 1 networks. The technology means Chorus can offer standards-based optical wholesale services to retail service providers. It will also pave the way for new businesses.

Layer 1 connectivity services have high capacity, low latency and are inherently secure. This makes them idea for organisations pushing IT services to the cloud. 

Chorus says the test is part of its “One Open Access Network Infrastructure” strategy. The technology could help the wholesale network operator to earn more revenue from its infrastructure by offering access, transport services, premium co-location and network hubs.

Nokia’s network technology complies with Metro Ethernet Forum’s standard for level 1 services giving it the ability to offer standards based optical services to providers. It includes Nokia’s wholesale and business-focused Photonic Service Demarcation system.

Chorus CTO Ewen Powell says: “With its support for compact demarcation devices and end-customer portal access to fully instrumented service assurance dashboards and reports, we believe that solutions like this will further advance our service offer and put more network control in the hands of our service providers.”