If the advent of Apple's iPhone is any indication, the proliferation of easy-to-use smart phones and tablet computers is driving a host of new bandwidth-hungry data and multimedia services. The rise in bandwidth-hungry traffic that users are accessing from their phones means that wireless operators require a higher speed wireless backhaul network.
Two weeks ago, Verizon announced it would be replacing damaged and destroyed copper voice lines on some of the barrier islands off Long Island, N.Y., and in New Jersey with its recently developed Voice Link service. With deployment of this wireless-based alternative to traditional voice service beginning this month in other rural regions, Verizon's solution sets a troubling precedent for incumbents migrating off of legacy wireline networks.
One of the common themes that continues to be seen in the consumer broadband segment--both telcos and cable operators--is that the first quarter is the best quarter in terms of net additions, and Q1 2013 was no different.
The data center market continues to evolve from a place where enterprises and service providers store racks of equipment to a platform for delivering managed services. One of the key trends driving the new interest in data centers, for both traditional providers and ILECs that are trying to transform themselves from voice-centric telcos, is cloud services.
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The submarine cable systems market doesn't get much attention beyond those within its specific telecommunications segment. With the exception of those times that a significant cable cut--such as a recent slew of outages in March off Egypt--impacts countries across a region, submarine cabling rarely makes the news. That may be changing.
CenturyLink, like its fellow RBOC AT&T, has been conservative about transforming its last mile network that leverages a hybrid copper/fiber fiber to the node architecture, but its new pilot in Omaha shows that it wants to consider fiber to the premises as part of its broader last mile access toolkit.
Broadband proponents hail Google Fiber's buildouts in Kansas City, Austin and Provo as a smart, fast way to get 1 Gbps service into more areas of the United States. But the Internet search giant's potential dominance of the broadband network space may endanger the ideal of open access for other providers.
SDN is a new buzz word in the telecom and IT worlds, with promises of automation and enhanced service provisioning times. Yet despite its potential, the SDN concept comes with a number of challenges. Besides the lack of an industry standard, service providers and vendors need to figure out how to integrate SDN with existing OSS/BSS.