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This paper considers the design and dimensioning of translucent optical networks based on the concept of optical transparent islands. In systems with dispersion compensation, amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise becomes a dominant physical-layer impairment in constraining the maximal transparent reach limit of a lightpath. Taking this dominant impairment into account, an efficient transparent island division algorithm is proposed to divide a large transport network into a few optical transparent islands and to minimize the total number of opaque island-border nodes. Optimization models for translucent network dimensioning are presented to maximize served traffic demand given certain network capacity and to minimize the required wavelength capacity given a certain traffic demand matrix. Simulation studies show that the proposed transparent island division approach and network-dimensioning optimization models require only 25% opaque nodes to overcome the constraint of transparent reach limit and achieve performance as good as that of a more expensive 100% opaque network.