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COVID-19 MARKET IMPACT: DIGITAL CONSUMER SERVICES EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Introduction by Michael Philpott, Senior Practice Leader – Connected Home, Omdia
The Coronavirus pandemic highlights more than ever the importance of having a reliable, high-speed and high-quality broadband service to our homes. With many countries experiencing a lock-down of some kind, everything from shopping, to education, work, communication, entertainment, and even health, has had to be done from home and broadband has powered it all. However, it also highlights a darker-side of connected life, with vendors confirming an up-surge in hacking and other malicious attacks on home devices during the pandemic. This illustrates the importance of not just having a good quality service to our homes, but the need for that service to be a secure one. The service broadband operators deliver have always been important, but perhaps never as important as they are now. Now is the time for broadband service providers to prove their critical value propositions to their customers, and ensure they are seen as the crucial providers of the best quality of experience in the connected home.
THE ICPS: BULLYING THE CSPS - EXCLUSIVE OMDIA REPORT
ICPs, telcos, and enterprises are all building expansive data centres as well as seeking extra capacity through third parties as they expand their scale and offerings. Integral to building these global systems to connect ever-growing network of data centres is the partnership with the CSP. These ICP connectivity networks consist of lit services provided by the CSP, existing dark-fibre networks, and commissioned networks both wholly owned and within partnerships.
According to a recent Omdia report, in the very high bandwidth data centre interconnect portion of the market, ICPs are pressuring CSPs to construct and deliver more dark fibre-based networks where dark fibre is available. This is to handle the increased traffic where very high bandwidths are vital. But what is driving this traffic?
Video streaming and cloud gaming
On the consumer side, many of these drivers are clearly apparent. Video streaming demand (a market set to be worth $184.3 billion by 2027) has ramped up with premium media service providers, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ (releasing March 24th in the UK), bolstering infrastructure to deliver competitive customer experiences and support for ultra-high definition streaming. Similarly, cloud gaming is another innovation seen in recent years that is driving up high bandwidth demands. Google Stadia has given us tantalizing glimpses of the future of video gaming and its utter, and expected, reliance on a stable high-speed internet connection.
Growth at the intersection of edge computing
Enterprise want dark fibre to move their networks as far out, and as close to the end user, as possible to reduce latency, increase performance of applications, and relieve bandwidths requirements form the core network (reducing data centre costs).
Moving computing to the edge can benefit enterprises and their customers alike, this is most demonstrably seen within the retail industry. The growth of consumers moving to the digital experience has transformed expectations of bricks-n-mortar retailers. With the personalization and interactivity e-commerce provides shoppers online, edge computing can shift the computation closer to the input devices themselves – creating seamless and immediate personalised in-store experiences.
ICPs next move
ICPs want dark fibre as a key part of their roadmap to meet the above-mentioned demands, as well as other underlying business and technology forces, such as evolving to a new cloud connectivity-tuned ecosystem. However, a select few wholesale oriented CSPs can offer dark fibre at such scale. In many international markets, a wholesale dark fibre market does not exist as incumbent CSPs have fibre but might not be structured to support dark fibre. As a result, ICPs are expanding beyond their lead markets of North America and Europe in search of other markets to play ball.
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COVID-19 Market Impact: Digital Consumer Services Executive Summary
The Coronavirus pandemic highlights more than ever the importance of having a reliable, high-speed and high-quality broadband service to our homes.
With many countries experience a lock-down of some kind, everything from shopping, to education, work, communication, entertainment, and even health, has had to be done from home and broadband has powered it all.
The service broadband operators deliver have always been important, but perhaps never as important as they are now. Now is the time for broadband service providers to prove their critical value propositions to their customers, and ensure they are seen as the crucial providers of the best quality of experience in the connected home.
Download this executive summary to gain valuable insight into how this pandemic is impacting the Broadband Services Industry.
Step Into the light
Optical transport networks will play a vital role in supporting the visions of network operators in the cloud and 5G era. This report, by Adrian Pennington, looks at how they must evolve in terms of technology capabilities and open architecture.
Convergence, Density and the Search for Capacity - Interview
Catch our interview with Roshene McCool, Market and Technology Development Manager at Corning.
"So, I think the 3 key trends I've noticed are convergence, density and the search for capacity by all available means. Convergence, simply put, is anything that needs to be connected to the network is connected to the same network. That means that not only do we have this proliferation of endpoints but we also have a more complex set of things being connected to the network. That is driving fibre closer to the subscriber, it's increasing density and increasing the number of endpoints - especially in our towns and cities. Finally, the search for capacity by all available means - whether that's by using a larger number of fibres, denser cables, higher bandwidths or searching for higher spectrally efficient fibres."
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Data Center Optics at the Heart of the Hyperdata World
Data Center Optics at the Heart of the Hyperdata World
In 'Data Center Optics at the Heart of the Hyperdata World', EXFO explores how the exponential growth of the information generated, transported and processed by data center interconnections in the upcoming years will continue to dramatically change the market in ways never seen before.
The whitepaper also covers:
- Data center technology requirements
- Data center transceivers
- User scenarios
- When and where iOptics should be used
- What does the iOptics solution validate
Encryption Solution | An Advanced Cryptography Engine
The rate of data transfer between any two points on the network continues to grow without restraint. With service providers capable of pushing more bits farther on the network than ever before, more opportunity there is for the data to be subject to unlawful intercept, with more data being accessible at any point.
To address this issue, the European Union (EU) has developed the GDPR. EKINOPS encryption solution is an advanced cryptography engine that uses field-proven, industry standard methods. The EKINOPS PM CRYPTO module uses the strongest AES-GCM 256 based encryption to provide the highest level of security from end-to-end.
Network Optimization in the 600G Era
With the rise of the likes of cloud-based applications, data center interconnections and video streaming, to name a few, bandwidth demand from consumer and enterprise applications continues to grow.
The question therefore remains: how do operators plan a network to maximize capacity and reach, in order to supply the bandwidth necessary?
As Acacia discuss in this whitepaper, the answer lies in a multi-faceted approach. Introducing the AC1200 coherent module, they examine how operators can harness this coherent solution in order to achieve high-performance and high-flexibility, and improve efficiency and maximize capacity utilization whilst reducing network costs.
Elastic Open Optical Line System: Enabling Disaggregated Optical Transport
The goal of disaggregated optical networks is to spur price competition and facilitate optimized performance for varied optical transport applications. In this report, The Elastic Network examine how to create a powerful and economical disaggregated multivendor optical network, by harnessing the power of their solution.
Ciena: The Future of Coherent Optical Networking
Over the past decade, network providers have been using coherent technology to increase traffic-carrying capacity by orders of magnitude over existing fiber assets. The migration to cloud, the popularity of OTT content, 5G, and an increasing dependency on on-demand, low-latency connectivity have led to an inflection point where network providers are now evaluating innovative approaches to elevate their customers’ experiences.
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5G Ethernet X-Haul
In this whitepaper, Transpacket explores the concept of Ethernet X-Haul. Discussed extensively in the mobile industry in connection with 5G, the idea is to have an Ethernet based converged transport network serving multiple purposes including fronthaul and backhaul. The whitepaper presents the RAN architectures under consideration for 5G, and their consequences in terms of requirements for the transport network.
Micro OTN in Network Modernization
SM-Optics' whitepaper explores how network modernization is an investment that results in a twofold solution. The first being the complete decommissioning of SDH; removing this layer to achieve flattening of the infrastructure, massive Opex cost reduction and simplification of network and service set up.
The HUBER+SUHNER CUBO mini 100G ODD is the first device to take advantage of the wide variety of 100G QSFP28 transceivers covering different distances up to 25km. And it has two QSFP28 slots implementing a layer 1 optical conversion between the two slots. This approach not only makes the setup simple “plug & play” but also enables full transparency of all higher levels at the lowest possible latency. The CUBO mini 100G ODD also supports OTU4 as well as 40G.
Micromux and Teraflex
Traffic growth and the move towards cloud-based services are driving the need for more capacity and speed in today’s data centre interconnect networks. ICPs and CNPs need to rapidly scale their DCI networks while retaining simplicity and meeting evolving density and power requirements. If you’re exploring opportunities to balance your current needs with future demand, ADVA’s whitepaper have the answers you might be looking for.
Solving the 5G Network Connectivity Challenge
5G is set to change networking as we know it. Still, it presents mobile network operators with a one in a generation opportunity and the potential to support a wide range of services. In ‘Solving the 5G Network Connectivity Challenge’, ECI explores the seven key areas that MNOs need to focus on to evolve the traditional mobile backhaul network into a 5G connectivity fabric, the challenges they present and what can be done to overcome them. Are you also excited about the opportunities 5G presents MNOs? Would you like to learn more about 5G?
TXF Optical Fiber Featuring Ultra-Low-Loss and Large Effective Area for Extended Reach
Corning's latest optical fiber innovation, TXF optical fiber is a G.654.E compliant product featuring ultra-low-loss and large effective area. The fiber is designed to extend reach in long-haul networks, and is of particular value to network operators planning to increase capacity by upgrading to data rates beyond 100Gb/s.
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