Creating standards for higher-speed networks of tomorrow

The networks of tomorrow will need higher speeds than networks of the past. 

That’s because new applications are increasing bandwidth needs in fiber optic networks.  In addition, cloud computing leads to greater variability in traffic destinations. Customers need new technologies to support communications and dynamic network reconfiguration at higher speeds.

For DWDM (dense wave division multiplexing) transport technologies, the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is the leading industry...

By Tellabs, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cloud, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Google’s “Fiber TV” app is now available on iPad

TelecomsTech has previously reported about Google’s “Fiber” initiative, bringing high-speed broadband and TV packages to select areas of Kansas City.

As part of the TV service a mobile app had been released on Android – and now a similar app has just been unleashed on the iPad.

 

The app allows users to have complete control of their Fiber TV experience; from browsing, to buying, to even watching on-demand content directly on the tablet itself.

Whilst the Android app is available...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, IPTV.

Have Belgium’s biggest ISPs been sued for providing Internet access?

Three of the largest Belgian internet service providers (ISPs) have not been paying “copyright levies” according to authors’ association Sabam, whilst still offering access to protected materials.

Being taken to court are the ISPs Belgacom, Telenet and Voo. The call (if passed in favour) will mean each of the three companies paying 3.4% of their turnover towards copyright fees.

Sabam, the suing association, is an institution set-up to protect authors, composers, and publishers from having...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Piracy.

BT and TalkTalk fight, Virgin steps in

The last few weeks for both BT and TalkTalk have been interesting for UK telecoms - some may say slightly pathetic - but a lot is at stake for the broadband companies’ financial future.

Now Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett weighs in, calling for peace to the benefit of all involved.

Fighting words broke out between executives over how much BT wholesales its fibre optic network to rival providers, with TalkTalk bosses asking the Government to impose rules preventing investment into the fibre infrastructure...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Are we ready for a single European telecoms market?

Last month, Neelie Kroes used her MWC 2013 speech to call for a single Telecoms market, which as Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda holds some amount of weight. So how has the industry reacted?

The final draft proposal was (and still is) to be issued in October; but now a blueprint will also be made available in June by the European Telecoms industry body ETNO for any amendments to be made well-ahead of release.

This blueprint should aid in preventing any objections and thus...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Operators.

Why fiber outperforms copper in telco networks and LANs

Ask a telecom service provider’s CTO, “Would you prefer to operate network infrastructure based on fiber optics or a copper-based network?” These CTOs snap back in a second, “Fiber!”

Now ask a CIO or IT manager, “Would you prefer a local area network (LAN) based on fiber optics or copper?” and you may hear 100 questions.

How did telecom network operators reach the conclusion that fiber is better? It’s smaller, lighter, stronger, higher bandwidth, longer reach...

By Tellabs, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Networks.

Optical LAN vs. copper-based LAN: Which performs better?

Network users need more and more bandwidth. At the same time, your CFO wants to reduce IT spending. How can you address both needs with your local area network (LAN)?

With Tellabs Optical LAN, you can gain bandwidth and lower costs at the same time. Optical LAN offers these advantages for enterprises and government agencies:

  • Seamless migration to IP. It’s easy to migrate from plain old telephone service (POTS) to VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), and from RF (radio frequency) video to IP video.
  • Higher throughput. We deliver up to 1G to the...

By Tellabs, 03 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Networks.

FTTH network sharing goes mainstream in Spain

Emeka Obiodu, Principal Analyst, Industry, Communications, and BroadbandVodafone and Orange have announced plans to jointly build a nationwide FTTH network in Spain in an effort to strengthen their positions in the converged services space and compete with Telefonica in the Spanish FTTH market. The plan involves the two partners using the same technical specifications to independently deploy street-level fiber in complementary areas. These complementary networks will then be combined to create a single network, with each...

By Ovum Research, 27 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Fiber Optic, LTE, Networks.

Searching for pockets of growth, but telecom IT convergence is the mega-trend

With carrier capex under pressure, what pockets of growth exist in the optical industry? What type of vendor can best go after these opportunities? Speakers at OFC/NFOEC’s State of the Industry panel disagreed on the answers, but all seemed to accept that these were the right questions to ask.

Ovum’s own Dana Cooperson kicked things off by reminding attendees that, in an industry as huge as telecom (with 2012 service revenues of nearly $2 trillion and capex around $325bn), slow growth comes with the territory. The...

By Ovum Research, 21 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators.

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.