As Europe sets its sights on a gigabit future, the optical networking ecosystem is under increasing pressure to deliver greater capacity at lower costs, in the technology's vital role as the backbone of connectivity for long haul and metro networks.
In response, optical networks and the European optical networking community see simplified networks as a way to meet these sophisticated needs while simultaneously reducing costs. To achieve this, operators must overhaul legacy networks and deploy standardized, disaggregated multi-vendor networks.
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One example is Shaw Communication's network in Canada, where partner Fujitsu deployed its 1Finity T310 Transport and 1Finity L100 Lambda series blades, combined with its Virtuora optical networking technology, which offers software-defined networking control. Using SDN is something more operators are doing, Jimmy Yu, vice president at Dell'Oro Group and NGON & DCI World Optical Champion, told SDxCentral.
"Disaggregated products... are growing into cable companies and telcos," he said. "The advantage [of disaggregation] is that the parts come in a small form factor and have versatility and open interfaces."
Within the data center, vendors including C Spire, Nokia and EXFO used fiber optic connections, specialty equipment, plus test measuring solutions for a trial at Mississippi State University that successfully downloaded data 1,000 times faster than current 1 Gbit/s services on the market today, said Sam Bucci, head of Nokia's Optical business.
"We work with partners like C Spire to design optical networks to meet future demands," said he said. "MissiON and other higher education research networks must continue to push the limits of communications to adapt to changing conditions and future unforeseen applications."
Being flexible and supportive of operators' roadmaps, especially in the roll-out of 5G, is critical to vendors. It's also important to empower service providers to leverage prior investments and existing fixed-access and mobile infrastructure to curtail costs and time-to-market. To meet those demands, Fujitu for one, recently launched Smart xHaul, a plug-in transponder card that lets service providers build off their existing 4G networks to quickly and efficiently support 5G services, the vendor said. Other vendors are doing the same, recognizing the need to collaborate with operators and other vendors to deliver the networks of the future.
"As the race to 5G intensifies, communications service providers need every advantage they can find to reduce time to market and keep capital expenditures in check while they deploy 5G architectures," said Sterling Perrin, principal analyst, optical networking and transport at Heavy Reading. "Simple transport upgrade options... allow service providers to deliver new 5G service."
This year's NGON & DCI World explores a range of topics, including:
How to develop interoperability in open, agile, next-generation optical networks.
Understanding the carrier roadmap toward 5G and beyond
Adaptive network strategies
The journey to 1TB and beyond
The Shannon Limit principal and potential options to solve the challenges it presents
Over the coming week's Broadband World News will bring you interviews from NGON & DCI World speakers and thought leadership on the future of optical networks from market experts.
NGON & DCI World takes place 21-23 May at the Acropolis in Nice. Discover more out more about the event here.
Over the last six years, video demand has surged but NBN's investment in fiber, FTTC and DOCSIS 3.1 allowed the national Australian wholesaler to keep up with today's – and future – needs, CTO Ray Owen told a Broadband World Forum audience.
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.