MARSEILLE -- FTTH Conference 2017 -- About 3,000 ultra-broadband industry professionals converged on Marseille in the south of France last week to discover and discuss the latest developments in the fiber-based fixed access sector and there was a notable buzz at the show that, at least in my opinion, hasn't been evident for a number of years.
That's because there's a new wave of growth impacting the fixed broadband sector currently, driven by the need to deliver bandwidth-hungry applications and for operators to prepare for the end-to-end capacity pressures that the 5G era look set to bring. (See Europe Warms to FTTH, Propped Up by Russia.)
A key debating point, though, is quite when 5G will have an impact on fixed access networks: There may not be a need to rush and deploy fiber all the way to homes, businesses and wireless access aggregation points (such as small cells) immediately, but the planning should really be underway right now.
In the meantime, emerging technologies such as XGS-PON and NG-PON2 are making their way into networks and delivering the kind of capacity potential that could boost service provider services strategies and revenues.
But how much will it cost to make fiber the primary access technology for the majority of end users? That's certainly a bone of contention when it comes to an analysis of the European market. (See Europe's Incredible Shrinking FTTH Price Tag.)
But enough tittle-tattle! We're here to see the pics, so let's take a look at what sensorial delights Marseille had to offer.
Through a partnership with Additiv, the service provider delivers an OTT-like cloud-based offering that allows financial institutions to gain digital transformation without ripping and replacing mainframe legacy systems.
Chinese telcos won't buy enough NG-PON2 to drive down volume costs. But does that matter, considering the role the next-gen optical technology's going to play in 5G and service provider infrastructure?
We will explore several fiber network environments, common vulnerabilities, and the business impact of failures. Fiber networks are typically a combination of owned and leased fiber. Learn how to reduce MTTR by up to 60% when an event occurs and how to detect degradation before it generates a service impact. Fiber monitoring of leased fiber helps ensure that the responsible party is dispatched for repair and SLAs can be managed. We will discuss both in service and out of service monitoring. Learn about the opportunities to improve business results in the following environments:
Hyperscale datacenters- the business need for near 100% uptime
5G small cell combined with leased fiber - ensuring the SLA for leased fiber
Long haul and Metro dark and lit fiber monitoring - reducing MTTR and preventing damage
FTTX construction and service activation in the access or MSO network - accelerating time to revenue
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.