After contentious Opra upgrades, vendors brace for a faster future

Upgrades to the datafeed widely used to gauge the current market price for options contracts went into effect in February after three separate delays, which market participants say were caused by persistent bandwidth issues at some important recipients.

Last month, long-awaited upgrades to the Options Price Reporting Authority datafeed went live after a spate of delays that began in July of last year. Sources say the three postponements of the go-live date were the result of repeatedly failed capacity tests by a handful of data resellers, who struggled with the bandwidth required of the upgrades.

The improvements entailed Opra expanding data dissemination from a 48-line to a 96-line multicast data distribution network. Opra, which is jointly

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