Perhaps there won't be another bandwidth glut after all. That's the belief of many of our readers who took FierceTelecom's latest poll or emailed me in response to my recent Editor's Corner about bandwidth exuberance. About 73 percent of readers who took the poll said bandwidth demand is for real this time, and several people who emailed me suggested that regardless of fluctuations in demand, the telecom industry is better equipped now to more dynamically respond to bandwidth-gobbling applications, rather than building out too much capacity too soon.
Ciena Corp. CEO Gary Smith is one of the industry's bandwidth believers, but says real applications are guiding "well-grounded" capacity demand, and that the industry is more "cautiously optimistic" than it was during the previous bandwidth glut.
- here's our Q&A with Gary Smith at FierceTelecom.com