The development of Ethernet over copper technologies is one of the hottest recent trends in telecom and a major ingredient in maximizing Ethernet availability across all kinds of networks. However, as panelists in a session at Light Reading's Ethernet Expo in New York this week noted, available bandwidth for Ethernet services over copper ultimately will be limited. While standardization of Ethernet of copper extends the life of existing copper plant, telcos know they need to eventually expand the fiber infrastructure to realize Ethernet's maximum performance.
If the Ethernet market continues to be highly competitive battlefield, you can rest assured that carriers with more fiber in their networks will point to that fact as an increasingly powerful differentiator.
Light Reading covers its own Ethernet Expo