The need for ultra-broadband networks that are faster, more capacity, secure, software-defined, and programmable/agile be they wired, wireless or hybrid, is already off to a rush in 2015 as the core conversation pieces of the Next Generation Communications Community. It is reflected in the news from this week along with the features and blogs.
Interestingly the news this week starts with not just one but two items regarding Australia’s largest service provider Telstra (News - Alert). In the first item which speaks to the need for speed, Telstra Global announced that it is now offering announced 100 gigabits per second (100G) connectivity to its undersea cables. And, in line with its global aspirations and desire to be a preferred services provider for the media and entertainment industries as real time and streamed video continue to explode, the company launched its Global Media Switch for Video Delivery platform service.
Community host Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) (ALU) also scored with a twofer this week. In keeping with what many are seeing as 2014 having been the year of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) trials and 2015 looking like the year for NFV deployments, Alcatel-Lucent is helping Middle East service provider Etisalat (News - Alert) move to the cloud with an NFV-based wireless controller for deployment in Etisalat Group's access network in both the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka. Plus, a field trial conducted by Alcatel-Lucent and the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) consortium, which connects France to 16 countries in the west coast of Africa was carried out successfully. The 300G/400G technology was able to transmit 12.6 terabits-per-seconds (Tbit/s) of data per fiber pair.
Other industry news included why Infonetics Research (News - Alert) recently predicted the transformation of data center switching, again with that focus on the need for speed will soon be seen via 25G and 50G solutions. And, in what I like to call the mission critical plumbing portion of the industry, Panamax announced improvements to its billing solution, BillCall, with the addition of a CRM Module.
It is not because I had the pleasure of writing this item, or that I had the great good fortune not that long ago to dine with him, but you should be interested in Bell Labs President and Alcatel-Lucent Chief Technology Officer Marcus Weldon’s take on the future of multiservice operators (MSOs) network architectures and how they need to change and why. And, part of that future is going to be centered around all of the aspects of data center interconnection, as TMCnet Contributor Mae Kowalke’s feature on the subject highlights.
It really is coincidence, but the ACE announcement cited in the news does highlight the recent remarks I summarized by Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on the importance of bringing ultra-broadband to Africa. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.
Finally, while the song in the U.S. is called “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” it turns out that in order to be more operationally efficient and effective the railroads have been working to implement next generation communication IP/MPLS networks as the foundation for their operations and customer experience transformations.
What’s new and exciting and the industry buzz? A great way to find out is to use the community home page as your gateway to constantly up-dated news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies.
Plus, the home page also links to several eZines. Recent additions of note are several Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles. In line with the interest in NFV noted at the top, check out 5 must-have attributes of an NFV platform. And, like a good Netflix series such as Sherlock, by all means start a binge viewing of mobile data plan innovations by reading Part 1 and Part 2 of the six piece series.
The other eZines, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors that are equally as timely and informative.