New analyst data confirms 100G’s exploding growth

For the last six months I’ve been highlighting the fact that 100G has made the move to the mainstream with customer deployments.  Now some new insight from two very respected industry analyst firms sheds more light on this shift with some specific data.

In its just-released Optical Transport forecast, Dell’Oro Group pins the 100 Gbps market as the key to growth in the broader WDM market.  “We are finding that the demand for 100 Gbps...

By Ciena, 14 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Wireless.

Build or buy: The WAN infrastructure decision tree [infographic]

Today’s enterprise IT decision-maker has quite a task at hand.  With the telecom world at the front edge of what is predicted to be a massive migration to cloud-based infrastructure and services over the next decade, the decision on how to spend your precious IT dollars has never been more complicated.

Should you continue to build out your own private enterprise infrastructure, or make the jump to one of the increasingly abundant and full-featured managed service offerings?  When making a...

By Ciena, 24 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infographic, Infrastructure, Networks, Wireless.

Juniper: Lack of NFC in iPhone 5 stunts technology's growth

A new report released by Juniper Research has shown that the decision not to put near field communication (NFC) on the iPhone 5 was a contributory factor in slowing down the growth forecast for the technology.

As a result, the mobile NFC growth forecast has been downsized to $110 billion (£68.7bn) by 2017, down from $180bn previously.

“Apple’s current reluctance to embrace NFC is likely to have a knock-on effect amongst...

By James Bourne, 07 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Research, Smartphones, Wireless.

Big benefits from combining small cells and Wi-Fi

Small cells and Wi-Fi off-load are proven to be the most powerful tools that mobile network operators have to increase data communication capacity for their subscribers. These technologies enable them to meet the demand from a growing number of customers who use smartphones and tablets that are generating rapidly increasing mobile network traffic loads -- due largely to video content consumption. According to the latest market study by Senza Fili, mobile network operators that deploy small cells and Wi-Fi concurrently can reduce their wireless data per-bit costs up to...

By David H. Deans, 23 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Operators, Small Cells, WiFi, Wireless.

A state-owned operator enters the 3G market in Argentina

Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation, Ovum

The Argentinean government has cancelled an auction of 42.5MHz of additional spectrum in the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands it had designed in 2011, and assigned all the frequencies up for grabs to the state-owned operator Arsat.

The move comes as quite a surprise, despite the delays to the initial schedule set out by the government. The award was initially expected to occur by the end of 2011, but was deferred first to 2Q12 and then to 3Q12, with five operators presenting...

By Ovum Research, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, Operators, Wireless.

Cisco targets small to mid-market with cloud networking acquisition

Cisco plans to boost its cloud networking capabilities with the acquisition of the San Francisco-based firm Meraki for $1.2bn.

The cash deal, expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2013, gives Cisco access to a host of wireless networking tools and, perhaps more importantly, a route into the rapidly growing small to mid-sized market that Cisco has so far struggled to grab a share of.

Meraki, a Google-backed company founded in 2006, employs around 330 people. It provides Wi-Fi,...

By Matt Henkes, 19 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Wireless.

Unrealistic pricing blamed for lacklustre Indian 2G auction

A disappointing first day’s bidding in India’s 2G spectrum auctions has seen two of the country’s most valuable regions attract no bids, following a number of complaints from operators that the prices set by the Indian government were just too high.

The government received bids worth Rs9.2bn ($1.7bn) on day one of the auction on Monday, less than a quarter of the amount it hoped to raise; an embarrassing result that comes at a bad time for India’s telecoms industry, and for the...

By Matt Henkes, 13 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: India, Operators, Wireless.

The FCC wants to know: How much spectrum is too much spectrum?

FCC opens inquiry into whether, and how, and how much, wireless spectrum holdings should be limited.

By Donald EvansIt’s undeniable that a small handful of carriers control an overwhelming amount of mobile spectrum in the U.S. 

Many observers of the communications landscape believe that that intense concentration has reached alarming proportions. Unfortunately, to date federal...

By Francisco Montero, 12 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Operators, Wireless.

What are the latest broadband speed trends?

The UK suffers from a “massive discrepancy” in broadband speeds and should be aiming for the standards of Singapore where broadband speeds have doubled, according to a report.

A report from UK-based wireless comparison providers uSwitch.com has uncovered a ‘massive discrepancy’ between certain streets for broadband speed – and warns that the gap...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Wireless.