More bandwidth sounds better, but keep the debate grounded in reality

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, ComponentsOver the past several weeks, I have been analyzing future bandwidth needs for residential subscribers, and my conclusions are fuzzy at best. I was hoping for clarity from OSA’s Executive Forum panel, The Future of Broadband Access Networks: Towards 1Gbps and Beyond, which took place on Monday March 18 in parallel with OFC/NFOEC. Panelists included Milo Medin, VP of Google Access Services; Ed Harstead, Leader at the Technology Excellence Center and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Networks...

By Ovum Research, 20 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Content, Fiber Optic, Networks.

Upside for the wearable computing device market

Demand for wearable computing devices are forecast to grow rapidly over the next year. With a wave of new gadgets set to reach the consumer electronics market, it's very possible that this technology could become commonplace within five years. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, they now forecast that the wearable computing device market will grow to 485 million annual device shipments by 2018. Currently, sports and activity trackers account for the vast majority of wearable technologies...

By David H. Deans, 05 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry.

Why FTTH is about advancing economic development

The global wired broadband market -- including DSL, cable, and fiber-optic services -- generated $188 billion service revenue in 2012, that's a 7 percent increase from 2011. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, fixed broadband service revenue will grow to $251 billion by 2018. Across the globe in 2012, fiber-optic broadband service revenue had its strongest year-over-year growth of 24 percent, while DSL and cable broadband grew 2 percent and 6 percent respectively. Fiber to the home (FTTH) is...

By David H. Deans, 21 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Wireless.

Don't worry - there are plenty of ways to grow optical capacity

Ron Kline, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure, Ovum

Scientists at advanced optical research organizations are racing to improve WDM transmission capacity far beyond the capabilities of today’s systems. Increasing capacity can be achieved by manipulating technology in three separate domains: rate, frequency, and space. In preparation for March’s OSA OFC/NFOEC conference, Alcatel-Lucent’s New Jersey–based Bell Labs announced several successful lab experiments to increase wavelength capacity...

By Ovum Research, 01 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Fiber Optic, Operators.

The net neutrality debate à la Française

Over the Seine

Since the recent (and thankfully short lived) decision by Free to block Google’s advertising content for users of their set-top box, the French net (from government to activists) has been abuzz. Even the international tech press has commented on what looks from the outside...

By Benoît FELTEN, 16 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Networks.

Google Fiber is finally here, but will it be a success?

Google has started to install its Fiber TV and broadband service in Hanover Heights, Kansas City, KS, giving residents in the US state internet of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).

The search giant has expressed its desire to be part of the internet service provider (ISP) business since 2010, and more than 1100 cities had wanted to be part of the new Fiber service. Eventually however, Google chose Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, to test-drive the system.

The service offers a variety of...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Google.

Exploring the next-gen wearable devices market

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the next generation wearable devices market will be worth more than $1.5 billion by 2014 - that's up from just $800 million this year. Juniper says that these wearable device revenues will be largely driven by consumer spending on fitness, multi-functional devices, and healthcare applications. Classified as a future form-factor for computing devices, next generation wearables - including smart glasses and other head-mounted displays - will provide a multitude of functions either independently or in conjunction with a third party platform. Juniper identifies 2014 to be the...

By David H. Deans, 13 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry.