For when 10Gbps isn't up to the task

OSA Filter Connect

What is an OSA?

OSA Filter Connect is one of the newest technologies for high-capacity, optical fibre data transfer between two locations. The hybrid fibre bridges and combines Dark Fibre, Ethernet Point to Points and Wavelengths to offer flexibility and scalability.

OSA Filter Connect is an optical method of uniting two or more locations on a LAN (Local Area Network). Within Elite On-Net areas, OSA can also be used to create a WAN connection back to an Elite Data centre for internet access. These high-capacity data connections are not limited to bandwidth by the NTU, as with traditional Ethernet point to points and Ethernet Fibres.

OSA Filter Connect is installed at an A-End (Building location 1) which is then brought back to the local exchange where another optical fibre is run to the B-end (building location 2) to create the LAN and WAN.

How is it presented on-site?

You will be presented with an NTU for management, and a MUX (Multiplexer) which uses different light wavelengths to deliver the necessary bandwidth. The MUX itself is what will deliver the bandwidth and will have 8 available channels to use which can be lit at Bandwidth’s ranging from, N* 10Gbps, 40Gbps and 100Gbps.

What is the lead time for OSA?

OSA carries a similar installation lead time to a regular Ethernet Fibre. However, as the LAN extension only connects two buildings, and there is no data centre work to be carried out, they are installed in less time; typically under 60-days.

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Find the answers to commonly requested questions.

Is this similar to Dark Fibre?

It is quite similar. However, with Dark fibre, you need to purchase a MUX (Multiplexer) and arrange to pay tax on per Km of fibre ran. With OSA, you’re presented with a passive MUX and as it’s technically a ‘lit’ service, there are no tax obligations.

Can I use OSA as a scaleable WAN service?

Where Elite is on-net, yes you can. This is only because we’ve lit our exchange backhaul with Dark fibre, so we can accommodate for the bandwidth needed. Almost all other carriers won’t have the capacity needed to deliver your data from the exchange.

How long does it take to install?

As an MPLS requires multiple Ethernet services at differing locations, our Provisioning team plan the installations based on your deadlines and manage the installation throughout. Typically, Installations are typically completed within 90 days.

What bandwidth can it deliver?

In theory, OSA can deliver 800Gbps per fibre if the 100Gbps optics are available. Typically, we use  40Gbps optics on customer sites where the inclusive 10Gbps isn’t enough; delivering 320gbps of un-contended, synchronous backhaul.