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CBO: Shortening the Innovation Lifecycle in Networking

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Martin Bernard, Senior Optical Developer, CBOMartin Bernard, Senior Optical Developer
The optical fiber communication landscape is reshaping rapidly with increasing expectations of high-capacity data transmission. New technologies such as visible light communication, all-optical computing, and software defined optical networking are emerging, raising the bar for optical fiber communication players. This has put immense pressure on equipment manufacturers to innovate to improve performance and efficiency. Struggling to catch up with the fast-evolving market, they are, in most cases, stuck in a rut with long lead times. Solving this problem is CBO - a manufacturer of active and passive network components.

The company stays ahead of the curve in technological innovation and is often the first in the market with the latest high-end optical communication products in pluggable optics. CBO’s main products are optical transceivers. It helps data communication companies, data centers, and system integrators achieve their goals of building infrastructure with flexible optics and cable solutions. The company’s latest product is the 800G QSFP-DD transceiver, which offers a high data transmission rate with efficient power consumption. CBO also supplies cable solutions and is an early adopter of new connectors - like CS Connector, SN connector, and MDC Connector - in the sphere of optical transceivers.

“We offer the highest compatibility in the market. CBO is always one of the first in the market with a large compatibility to accommodate all vendors.
In fact, today we are supporting over 200 different vendors and over half a million systems.

One of our key features is that we can offer our solutions at a much better price than most of our competitors, especially the big brands,” says Martin Bernard, Senior Optical Developer, CBO.

The systems supported by the company’s products include switches, servers, firewalls, and storage systems for the IT customer. For the telecom customers, CBO’s solutions support the products for Fiber to the Home (FTTH) 5G connection and mobile connections. If there is no available solution that fits the customer’s needs, the company works with the customer to design a tailored solution to meet their requirements.
  • We offer the highest compatibility in the market. CBO is always one of the first in the market with a large compatibility to accommodate all vendors. In fact, today we are supporting over 200 different vendors and over half a million systems


Maintaining high standards of quality, CBO uses only US made components in its transceiver production. It supplies a solution that can work reliably for more than ten years. A testament to the company’s prowess is how it helped one of the top telecom players in Germany. Unable to deploy its network as fast as it wanted, the company brought in CBO to deploy the network about 50-percent faster than the previous supply chain. Moreover, after switching to CBO, the company was able to save up to 70 per cent in CapEx; faster deployment at considerably less cost.

Having accomplished such feats, CBO was approached by several OEMs to produce networking products in their name. Several leading networking technology players have had their products made by CBO and supplied them with their brand. CBO manufactures optical transceiver products for many such companies under their name. The company has carved a niche for itself in the market by being faster in terms of lead time.
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CBO

Company
CBO

Headquarters
Mülheim an der Ruhr, NRW

Management
Martin Bernard, Senior Optical Developer

Description
The optical fiber communication landscape is reshaping rapidly with increasing expectations of high-capacity data transmission. New technologies such as visible-light communication, all-optical computing, and software-defined optical networking are emerging, raising the bar for optical fiber communication players.