The Onion That Makes Telcos Cry

Mainly due to the success of the Internet with its steady growth and ubiquitous reach, IP has for a long time shown its predominance as the preferred protocol and has more lately become the one protocol on which to base each application. However, network operators have been for many years compelled to deploy several other technologies to implement the services they wanted to sell. This led to the “networking onion” shown in the illustration here where various technologies are deployed in layers to...

By Alex Wanda, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

EU Commissioner calls for more broadband investment

The European Commissioner, Neelie Kroes is pushing for a €9.2 billion fund aimed at supporting the creation of a super European broadband infrastructure.The funding will be available in the form of equity and guarantees to expand broadband coverage, and will cover the period from 2014 -2020. The so-called 'Connecting Europe Facility,' funded by the €9.2 billion, will boost broadband investment and pan-European digital public services, it is hoped.Speaking about the new plans, Ms Kroes said: "€6.4 billion of...

By Verity Gough, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe, Government.

Telco investment being forced by cable

Cable is forcing telco investment and could risk losing its competitive advantage over the next five years, according to the latest research from Goldman Sachs.Tim Boddy and Hugh McCaffrey of Goldman Sachs European Telecoms/Cable Investment Research argue that cable forces the incumbents to invest in fibre-based Next Generation Access (NGA) technologies losing cable its competitive advantage over a five to seven-year period, however, they add, cable should gain in the all-important pricing power as the infrastructure market...

By Verity Gough, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Operators, Research.

5 tips for data center connectivity

This article was originally posted here in DataCentre Solutions (DSC) Magazine.  Ian Harris is a System Integrators Leader for Ciena in EMEA.

1) The right tool for the job There are many system architectures for data centre connectivity, therefore it is important to select the solution that meets your specific requirements. Which applications is your data centre going to support? How important are speed and latency to...

By Ciena, 22 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cabling, Infrastructure, Networks, Security.

Rural Broadband and the 4G next generation mobile service

The people of rural Britain are getting fed up….As if slow, or non-existent broadband wasn’t bad enough because of long line lengths and decaying old copper wires, going mobile isn’t even an option to them like it is for urbanites. That’s right, the price you pay for living in the beautiful British countryside is a lack of decent broadband speed or mobile phone services.Now, I know that all of the network operators will argue that they are trying to address this, but let’s face it, they won’t do it properly,...

By Connected Numbers, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe.

Cycle Slips: Not all coherent technology is created equal

The early success of Ciena’s coherent optical technology, including strong customer adoption worldwide, has motivated many optical systems vendors to bring to market their own coherent solutions to provide a path for optical transport speeds of 100G, 400G and even 1Tbps.

However, now that the entire optical vendor market is scampering to implement this key technology, a challenge has...

By Ciena, 20 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure.

Pittsburgh Area Fiber Optic Network News

Back in mid-2009, Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ:LVLT, news, filings) unveiled a new plan to take better advantage of its local assets by decentralizing decision-making power and investing in locally focused personnel. They went on to take the concept to several dozen markets over the next year or so, and then spent the following year turning those markets into growth engines – and touted the improving results in the mid-Market division that followed.

But those markets were not the only ones it seemed...

By TotalTelecom, 22 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Industry, N America.