"Fiber is sexy again," Kyle Malady, senior vice president and chief network officer at Verizon Wireline, told Fiber Connect 2017 attendees in Orlando on Tuesday. "Now all the cards are lining up for us to double-down on fiber again. Fiber is going to be the backbone, basically the nervous system, of the network of the future."
Verizon grew re-enamored with fiber because it's vital to the viability of tomorrow's networks -- the single network Verizon is building and the many networks and applications its residential, commercial and mobile customers will use in current and new ways, he said. Without fiber, these networks will not attain the low latency, high speeds and reliability next-generation applications demand, said Malady.
That's why Verizon keeps increasing its fiber investment. In April, for example, it disclosed plans to spend $1.05 billion on fiber from Corning, one of many fiber purchases the CSP intends to make as part of its One Fiber initiative.
Ode to Fiber
Verizon rediscovers its love affair with fiber, said Kyle Malady, senior vice president and chief network officer at Verizon Wireline during Fiber Connect 2017 in Orlando on June 13.
Fiber enables speed. Verizon recently launched a 1 Gbit/s service and competitors are doing the same. "We're going to start to see more and more operators start to deploy gigabit technologies over the next few years," he said. "Some people make the case, 'Who needs 1-gig for the house?' Over time, the applications will be there."
With these speeds, enterprise technologies and uses are shifting dramatically, said Malady. At work, employees want to use the same app-driven, video-rich tools they prefer in their personal lives, and many businesses today use social media-like tools to encourage productivity, he said.
"A lot of enterprises are getting away from having standalone IT shops in the back of their house and they're moving a lot of their applications into the cloud," added Malady. "That also means there needs to be high-speed, robust, latency-sensitive connectivity between your office and that cloud. And people want it to be secure."
Delivering on those demands, which Verizon tackles with its SecureCloud Interconnect offering, does not happen without deep fiber, he said. It's impossible to go from 100 Mbit/s to 1 Gbit/s almost instantaneously without having a good deep fiber network that goes all way from the premise into the cloud, noted Malady.
Hot applications such as virtual reality and augmented reality, video and mobile also spark Verizon's love of fiber. Higher bandwidths unleash creativity -- from developers, end users and businesses, Malady said. And many individuals reward visually oriented creativity by spending more time online with video, he noted.
The only way service providers can keep up with this voracious demand is via fiber. Add in wireless demand that's growing at 48% annually over the past couple of years plus the impending arrival of 5G, and fiber becomes mandatory, said Malady.
"A good fiber backbone and good fiber network is the only way to keep up with that kind of demand," he said. "We think the marriage between 5G services and fiber is going to give us what we need to meet the requirements of our innovators and customers going into the future."
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.