In 2020, the demand for optical transceivers has seen a considerable increase. As 5G rolls out across the UK, optical transceivers are one of the cores in the development of this technology. In addition to the development of 5G, this year has also been huge for cloud computing, with unforeseen numbers of people now using cloud based solutions to work from home in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the demand for cloud computing applications grows, the optical transceiver industry mirrors this growth.
As 5G and the cloud computing market grow, the hardware marketplace is becoming more and more competitive. Telecom and networks companies are faced with the challenge of procuring quality and competitively priced hardware in order to compete in the modern market. A smart way of cutting overall costs is by seeking out high quality, lower cost individual hardware elements, for example, ordering compatible optical transceivers rather than buying from system vendors.
Here we will talk through some of the reasons why you should consider using compatible optics rather than forking out considerably more on branded optical transceivers:
Considerably lower price
In the fast growing and increasingly competitive network market, cost is most certainly the most important reason for end users deciding on third-party supplied transceivers as opposed to branded optics from systems vendors.
Models from major vendors can be staggeringly expensive, and by buying compatible optics from a third party provider, the savings can be more than 80%, and up to 99% off vendor prices in some cases! This considerable discount will in practically all cases result in a considerably lower overall hardware cost.
In some cases, a concern with discounted third party products is that the quality may be compromised in order to offer a considerably lower price. This is not the case, as compatible optical transceivers are most often sourced from the same manufacturers that supply branded system vendors, produced to the same high level of quality.
Whilst branded optics are pre-programmed to suit their own system specifications, compatible optics will be just as effective at a considerably lower price point.
In some cases, buying branded optical transceivers can mean a slow turnaround when availability is low. A key benefit of saving money on compatible optical transceivers is that third party suppliers can provide them in a much wider range with much faster lead times. At Fibrenet, we stock products in many formats, including SFP, SFP+, SFP28, QSFP+, QSFP28, XFP, X2 and Xenpak. Compatible optics can be supplied with the data transfer rates to meet your exact network specifications.
Purchasing compatible optics
To find out more about why you should choose compatible optical transceivers, or to search for the optics to best suit your networking installations, you can view our entire range of products here. If you have any queries about the benefits of compatible optics, or require advice, then please do contact us at Fibrenet by calling 01666 715 715.