The initial phase of the program will cost between $6 million and $8 million and is linked to Infinera's recently closed $430 million acquisition of Coriant.
ZTE's year included claims of espionage, direct intervention from President Donald Trump, a growing list of countries banning use of its equipment, and a $1 billion hit to its bottom line.
Huawei continues to dominate the worldwide market, with Ciena tops in North America.
The vendor recently announced plans to slash thousands of jobs as part of a major corporate restructuring.
The platform uses the MEF 63 Optical Transport Services specification focused on Layer 1 orchestration but is not intended as an end-to-end orchestrator.
The company is expanding the reach of its SOAS software to boost IP capabilities and integrating Layer 3 expertise from its Packet Design acquisition.
The vendor would have been No. 3 behind Huawei and Ciena in worldwide optical networking hardware sales. Instead, Nokia snared that spot.
The company's CEO attempted to moderate his previous comments about growing pricing pressure from larger rivals, stating "You should assume that I communicated very poorly last quarter."
Most of that 5-year growth will come from an increased use of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) to support the extension of higher network speeds closer to end users.
Both vendors were recently labeled as "challengers" by IHS Markit in the optical networking space behind heavyweights Cisco, Ciena, Huawei, and Nokia.
IHS said that the top optical equipment vendors posted more than $1 billion in revenues last year. Worldwide, Huawei remains the market heavyweight.
The trial used a Voyager device running a network operating system from Cumulus Networks, Zeetta Networks’ NetOS Software Defined Network orchestration, and architecture help from ADVA.
One trial used the OIF's FlexEthernet client interface standard, the other was based on Ciena's WaveLogic Ai platform.
Company revenues beat expectations but profits were sunk by the skyrocketing cost of goods.
The cloud-native update also bolsters the platform's ability to protect against the Spectre and Meltdown processor vulnerabilities.