In the run up to NGON 2017 in Nice, the hype machines from optical vendors have been spinning up in anticipation of one of the most reported shows in our industry. In particular, there have been several announcements around 200G recently – many touting “first” or “lowest power” or “best performance”. It is important that reporters, analysts, and customers understand what’s going on behind the hype.
When the industry moved from simple on-off-keyed 10G signals to coherent, multi-phase, multi-amplitude 100G signals, we entered a new era of optical communications. Now, technologists can work on improving the baud rate and modulation types of these signals to get ever better capacities and distances.
Topics: Optical Networking
5G: Still picking a winning team
For those of you not familiar with TechXLR8, the event organisers describe it as “A festival of technology taking you on a journey between networks, tech and consumer services”. Techxlr8’s ambitious plan is to bring together 8 disparate, but somehow interlinked, tech showcases; 5G world, IoT World Europe, Cloud & DevOps World, Apps World Evolution, VR&AR World, AI & Machine Learning World, Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Europe and project Kairos.
Standards… what a boring, old fashioned and backwards oriented term. How can the representative of a vendor that claims to be open, elastic and forward thinking use it in a headline? Be honest… this was one of the thoughts that ran through your mind while reading the title. Now relax and sit back, the following blog might surprise you.
Topics: Enhancing Network Efficiency
I recently gave a lecture at Georgia Tech to a group of graduate students. After the lecture, I had a student approach me and ask, “I am really interested in telecommunications. What areas should I study?” My answer was “Either the fundamentals of high speed optics … or software. Software is where the networks are moving.”
Most large scale providers manage Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks by spreading the attack over as many servers as possible, and simply “eating” the traffic. This traffic spreading routine is normally accomplished using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) communities and selective advertisement of reachable destinations, combined with the use of anycast to regionalize and manage load sharing on inbound network paths. But what about the smaller operator, who may only have two or three entry points, and does not have a large number of servers, or a large aggregate edge bandwidth, to react to DDoS attacks?
Topics: Cyber Security
The technical content of this year’s BCE was, as usual, presented by some of the best and brightest minds in telecom. Unfortunately, most of those minds were in agreement that the landscape for SDN and NFV, in particular, has not gotten any clearer in the last year. In fact, in many ways the clouds have gotten denser.
Over the last few years, we have seen a major change in telecom services and the way that these services are being used. This has been driven by three main factors:
In the first of our ‘Taming the Big Four’ blog series, we look at four key challenges facing power distributors.
Last week ECI participated once again in the annual UTC Telecoms and Technology 2017 event held in Charlotte. It was a great opportunity to meet the industry, participate in discussions, and get a feel for where we can support changing needs. There is no doubt that the industry is undergoing change, as was apparent by the dense content in several different content streams. For anyone who missed it or for those that want to validate your own point of view from the event, here are my key takeaways from this excellent event.
People have been telling stories with pictures since early man painted scenes of animal hunts on cave walls. These stories often recorded military victories, such as in Egyptian hieroglyphs and battle tableaus featuring chariot riding pharaohs, Assyrian palace bas-reliefs depicting monumental sieges, and the war columns of the Roman emperors Trajan and Marcus Aurelius. These were the YouTubes of their day.