Dark fiber has become the rage again in the wireline wholesale industry as a growing base of service providers, content providers, and even large enterprises are asking for their own fiber pairs to gain complete control over their bandwidth allocations.
AT&T will soon begin offering unlimited broadband data without any caps, an effort it is taking to keep customers from fleeing to cable after being penalized for using too much bandwidth. But the real issue at hand is the fact that many broadband subscribers don't know what speeds they actually get, not just how much they use.
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With all of the talk about 1 Gbps for residential customers, it's hard to notice how these services can impact small to medium businesses (SMBs) whose needs are exceeding the boundaries of a copper-based T-1 or DSL line. It should be of no surprise that many telcos, including AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are luring SMBs with fiber-based offerings.
The recent acquisition of XO Communications's fiber assets enables Verizon to address two near-term needs: an expanded Ethernet service reach with a larger set of on-net buildings and wireless backhaul, particularly to accommodate small cells. But the carrier still has a way to go in terms of its fiber network reach.
One of the interesting dynamics that has been taking place over the past year is a rapid wave of consolidation and partnering between top optical and software-related players, hoping to get a piece of the SDN and NFV action. However, none of these vendors are taking the same approach.
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The wireline and wireless industry segments have started, or are considering, implementing SDN and NFV into their networks to gain new network agility and the ability to drive automation into their service delivery processes. These providers' SDN/NFV strategies will be the focus of a panel I'm moderating at Mobile World Congress.
Comcast has made its intent clear: it's finally going to bring its DOCSIS 3.1-based gigabit broadband services to five cities this year, a move that directly challenges AT&T and Verizon and their FTTH buildout and pricing strategies. How will these ILECs respond?
Whether you're a late-night Netflix video binger or a school teacher trying to file grades online, Internet users all have a common expectation that they will be able to get a good connection and overall experience. That still may not always be the case, however.