Welcome to OpenLightComm


OpenLightComm (OLC) is an SME, founded in 2016. OpenLightComm offers consulting services in the converged landscape of IT and Telecommunications. Our extensive experience and knowledge-base has been acquired over many years by directing and/or conducting research and development for Industry and Academia. Through participation in co-operative multinational Research we have seen that the benefits are priceless for all partners who contribute their distinct thinking and experience.

In the framework of H2020 Metro-Haul, OLC’s contribution on SDN Controllers for Passive Optical Networks has been spotted by the European Commission’s Innovation Radar (EU link)


OLC participated in a number of UK and EU funded projects

  • AirQKD (Innovate-UK) – Development of the Quantum Key Management Layer of the project and the integration –via an SDN control/management plane- of the quantum and classical networks
  • H2020 Metro-Haul (EU) - Contributed on various topics of Telco network design and modelling, development of SDN control plane and the physical layer of optical networks.

Our main expertise is in the following fields

  • Open, Converged IT and Telecommunications Networks and Services
    • Softwarised Fixed-Mobile Converged Platforms based on Open Software
    • Architectural solutions for ICT
    • Multi-layer and Cross-layer Networking in Fixed Networks
  • Optical Communication Systems and their Technology
    • Physical Layer Modelling and Design of Optical Communications Systems
    • Assessment of Optical Technology and its Impact on System Performance
  • Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) Technologies
    • Design and development of QKD systems including: a) Key management layer (key management node and links/ KMM system); b) QKD control layer (SD-QKD Node, QKD control agents, SDN Controllers of QKD network); c) QKD orchestration layer; d) service layer.
    • Expertise on the development of QKD systems based on the ITU-T and ETSI GS QKD standards [ITU-T Y.3800, ETSI GS QKD 004, ETSI GS QKD 014, ETSI GS QKD 015, ETSI GS QKD 018]

Selected publications

  • R. Casellas, E. Kosmatos, A. Lord, C. Matrakidis, R. Martínez, D. Uzunidis, R., A. Stavdas, R. Muñoz; “An SDN Control Plane for Multiband Networks Exploiting a PLI-aware Routing Engine”, OFC 2022, San Diego CA, 2022
  • C. Matrakidis, E. Kosmatos, A. Stavdas, P. Kostopoulos, D. Uzunidis, S. Horlitz, Th. Pfeiffer, A. Lord; “A Converged Fixed-Wireless TDMA-based Infrastructure Exploiting QoS-Aware End-to-End Slicing”; European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) 2021, Bordeaux, 2021
  • D. Uzunidis, E. Kosmatos, C. Matrakidis, A. Stavdas, A.Lord; "Strategies for Upgrading an Operator's Backbone Network Beyond the C-band: Towards Multi-Band Optical Networks", IEEE Photonics Journal Vol.13 (2), pp.1-18, 2021
  • D. Uzunidis, A. Stavdas, P. Kasnesis, C. Patrikakis, A.Lord; “Enhancing Closed-Form Based Physical Layer Performance Estimations in EONs Via Machine Learning Techniques”; European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) 2021, Bordeaux, 2021
  • D. Uzunidis, C. Matrakidis, E. Kosmatos, A. Stavdas, P. Petropoulos, A. Lord, “Connectivity Challenges in E, S, C and L Optical Multi-Band Systems”; European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) 2021, Bordeaux, 2021
  • E. Kosmatos, C. Matrakidis, D. Uzunidis, P. Kostopoulos, A. Stavdas, A.  Lord; “An End-to-End Real-Time Connectivity Testbed Exploiting Standardized Dynamic Data-Plane PON Technologies”, ECOC 2020, Brussels, Belgium
  • D. Uzunidis, C. Matrakidis, A. Stavdas, A.  Lord; “Power Optimization Strategy for Multi-Band Optical Systems”; ECOC 2020, Brussels, Belgium
  • E. Kosmatos, C. Matrakidis, A. Stavdas, S. Horlitz, Th. Pfeiffer, A.Lord; "Building a Truly Dynamic Filterless Metro Network by Reusing a Commercial PON's Data-Plane and a Novel SDN-enabled Control-Plane", OSA/IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol.37, issue 24, pp. 6033 - 6039, 2019
  • E. Kosmatos, C. Matrakidis, A. Stavdas, T. Orfanoudakis; "An SDN Architecture for PON Networks Enabling Unified Management using Abstractions"; ECOC 2018, Rome, Italy
  • D.Uzunidis, C. Matrakidis, A. Stavdas; "Closed-Form FWM Expressions Accounting for the Impact of Modulation Format", Optics Communications, Vol. 440, no.2, pp. 132-138, 2019
  • D.Uzunidis, C. Matrakidis, A. Stavdas, A.Lord;"DuFiNet:Architectural Considerations and Physical Layer Studies of an Agile and Cost-Effective Metropolitan Area Network", OSA/IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol.37, issue 3, pp.808 - 814, 2019
  • C. Matrakidis, T. Orphanoudakis, A. Stavdas, J. Palacios and A. Manzalini: "HYDRA: a Scalable Ultra Long Reach/High Capacity Access Network Architecture Featuring Lower Cost and Power Consumption", OSA/IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology Vol.33  (2), pp. 339 - 348, 2015

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At a glance

Service options: Consulting services in IT and Telecommunications
Located in: Adastral Park
Address: Adastral Park, Ipswich. IP5 3RE
Hours: Monday - Friday 9.00-16.00
Phone: 0044(0) 7388492061

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