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Juice Up Your Enterprise Network with Encrypted Optical Links

The top areas driving traffic growth in enterprise networks are data storage/backup, collaboration tools, office softwar...

The Value of MANRS

For the Improvement of Your Security Stance Route leaks and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have been in th...

Dim Witted

The Benefits of Dim Fiber Services Perhaps you have not yet heard the term “dim fiber services”. If so, allow me to intr...

SDN and NFV are Not For Critical Industries Yet – Right ?

Over the last few years we have heard much talk about what software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtu...

Musings of Migration

Network migration is the process of changing the network infrastructure from its current state to a future one. Whenever...

Too Much of a Good Thing

Take Aways From MEF17 Among the many interesting presentations and concepts at this year’s MEF17 conference, there was o...

Failure and the Chaos Monkey

Part 2: Why Failure Is a Critical Requirement The lessons of trying to prevent failures, rather than live with them, is ...

Happy Optical Networking Thanksgiving

It is November, and in the USA that means that thoughts turn to the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays where, in the midst o...

Service Providers, Make Your Net Work

How Can Service Providers Compete with OTTs? Some service providers are regarding the strongest users of their network a...

MEC to The Future

If there’s anything our industry is good at, it’s creating ever new hype cycles and continuing to fall into the same tra...

Bridging the Cloud Native Gap

Cloud Native is the shiny new toy of the telecom industry. We have vested it with many magical qualities upon which the ...

Virtualization is the Key for Delivering SMB Security Services

Earlier, we shared 7 Key Cybersecurity Challenges SMBs Face, and more recently made the business case for addressing the...

Critical Industries: From Science Fiction to Reality

Take-Aways from my Trip to EUW (European Utility Week) A few weeks ago I had an eventful trip to the European Utilities ...

Failure and the Chaos Monkey

Part 1: Failure Isn't an Option Most hyperscalers seem to live in a different world when it comes to failure. The well k...

Scary Telecomm Stories

As Halloween approaches, it is tradition to tell scary stories to chill the blood. Let’s take this opportunity to tell a...

The Real Truth About Open Source Software Business

Imagine you are an author and you’ve just finished writing your first full-fledged novel. You’ve sent it over to a coupl...

Telecoms Helping to Drive the Future of Broadcast

TV Evolution  Over the last few years I have seen massive changes in the way my family and I consume broadcast media. We...

Virtualization is the Key for Delivering SMB Security Services

The unmet security needs of SMBs represent a large, untapped source of revenue for service providers globally. Mobile an...

Everything Old is New Again

100GHz Spacing is Back in Style! In case you missed the announcement, IBM recently claimed a breakthrough in storage cap...

Taming the Big 4: Four ICT Challenges Facing Power Distributors

Challenge #4: Smart Grid is here. You’d be wise to take heed. In the last of our ‘Taming the Big Four’ blog series, whic...

What Service Providers are Learning from the Cloud?

Part 3 – Service Provider Platform as a Service The first blog in this series explained how service providers are explor...

Media and Broadcast

Next Generation Communications  The media and broadcast industry is evolving at an extremely rapid pace. We now expect h...

Fragmentation and IPv6

Are We Moving Back to Fixed Cells? One of the core issues of the argument between Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and t...

Loving the Alien

The Easiest Way to Upgrade Your Optical Network Another David Bowie song… this time leading to a topic which once was ev...

Telecommunications as a Lifeline

In the Wake of the Hurricane Season In the midst of all of the devastating news coming out of southeast Texas in the wak...

7 Key Cybersecurity Challenges SMBs Face

We’ve all heard about the recent global ransomware attacks Petya and WannaCry. The news instilled a sense of fear in bus...

5G: The New Frontier

Breakfast and Technology a Heady Mix For those of you that are not aware, a 5G innovation centre was recently opened in ...

What Service Providers are Learning From the Cloud? - Part 2

Part 2 – Microservices and Containers When Service Providers (SPs) look to the future they see a tsunami bearing down th...

Hyperconvergence in the Network - Part 2

Network Hyperconvergence? In my last article, I discussed hyperconvergence at the network edge—the concept of composable...

Taming the Big 4 – Four ICT Challenges Facing Power Distributors - Part 3

Challenge #3: Migration to Packet. An Obstacle to Some. An Opportunity for Others In the third of our ‘Taming the Big Fo...

Consolidation Among Telecom Vendors

Pro Versus Con We have entered a time in our industry where telecom system vendor mergers abound. After every merger, so...

What Has Become of the Great ONOS vs ODL Battle

Debates in the SDN Controller Space Not too long ago, in all meetings with people close and less close to the matter the...

Transport Networks for 5G Networks

Same, Same, But Different  We hear lots of discussion about the fundamental changes to the fronthaul and backhaul transp...

The Future is... Hardware

In a Second Blog Andreas Hegers Takes a Step Back From Software Revolution Really? What's going on with this guy, I hear...

What Service Providers are Learning from the Cloud?

Part 1 – Network Value Shifting to the Cloud When Service Providers (SPs) look to the future they see a tsunami bearing ...

The Hyperconvergence Revolution

Part 1 - The Composable System A revolution is taking place at the network edge. In the early days, rack mount computers...

The State of the Optical Industry is Strong

Take Aways from NGON 2017 in Nice The other week’s annual trip to the south of France for the lucky few in the industry ...

Open-Source in Telecoms – Oasis or ISIS?

Increasing Prevelance of Open-Source in Telecoms The last years have seen a strong push for ‘open-source’ in the telco i...

Taming the Big 4 – 4 ICT Challenges Facing Power Distributors - Part 2

In the second of our ‘Taming the Big Four’ blog series, which looks at four key challenges facing power distributors, Ma...

200G: Beyond the Hype

200G Optical Announcements In the run up to NGON 2017 in Nice, the hype machines from optical vendors have been spinning...

5G World: At TechXLR8 London

5G: Still Picking a Winning Team  For those of you not familiar with TechXLR8, the event organisers describe it as “A fe...

The Revival of Standards

Standardization Bodies May be Slow Moving, BUT They are Pertinent to Success Standards… what a boring, old fashioned and...

In Optics, It’s All About the Software

Optics is Going Software I recently gave a lecture at Georgia Tech to a group of graduate students. After the lecture, I...

A New Way to Deal with DDoS

DDoS is a Threat to Large and Small Operators Alike Most large scale providers manage Distributed Denial of Service (DDo...

BCE 2017: The Forecast is Still Cloudy

SDN and NFV Landscapes Have Not Gotten Any Clearer The technical content of this year’s BCE was, as usual, presented by ...

Time to Rethink the Metro Network Refresh?

Drivers of Change in the Metro Over the last few years, we have seen a major change in telecom services and the way that...

Taming the Big 4 – 4 ICT Challenges Facing Power Distributors

In the first of our ‘Taming the Big Four’ blog series, we look at four key challenges facing power distributors. Challen...

Takeaways from UTC Telecoms and Technology 2017

ICT Trends for Utilities Last week ECI participated once again in the annual UTC Telecoms and Technology 2017 event held...

5 Life Lessons from YouTube in the Year 1066

What Can Telecoms Learn from the Bayeux Tapestry? People have been telling stories with pictures since early man painted...

Telecoms From Hype to Reality – Will We Learn this Time?

The Telecom Industry is Characterized by Ongoing Hype Cycles Probably more than any other industry sector, the telecommu...

Wanna Play a Game of 5G Chicken?

The name "chicken" has its origins in a game in which two drivers drive towards each other on a collision course: one mu...

A New Routing Stack Comes to Town

Open Source Routers? In the old westerns (often actually shot in Italy or Mexico, rather than the Western United States)...

Data Center Domination

Impact of DCI on the Optical Market Data Center Interconnect (DCI) having a significant impact on the optical market, bo...

Accelerating Towards the Digital Railway

Rail Infrastructure Relies on Outdated Communications Infrastructure Over 200 years ago, Richard Trevithick developed th...

The China Factor in Optics

Chinese Demand is Affecting Optical Component Availability At this year’s OFC conference and in many articles before and...

AI Driven Networking – No Need to Wait Anymore

What Can Telecoms Learn from Artificial Intelligence? The field of artificial intelligence (Al) has tickled human intere...

The Rise of the Modules

Why is the Telecoms Industry So Interested in HW Modules? To protect the innocent, hereafter component vendors will be c...

The Ongoing Softwarization of Telecom

Thoughts from MPLS+SDN+NFV Paris March 2017 Kudos to the organizers who do a great job of keeping this long running even...

CAP and SDN

The Latest in the SDN Series So far in this series on Software Defined Networks (SDNs), I’ve discussed a basic taxonomy ...

Take-Aways From SGTech 2017: Rewrite Your Expectations

Power Industry Trends For those that don’t know SGTech, it is a conference focused on power companies, both distribution...

What is the Interaction between WAN Management and SD-WAN Adoption?

Latest Post in the WAN Series This is the eighth and last blog in a series of blogs on the topic of the evolving enterpr...

Beyond the 5G Hype

Take Aways from MWC 2017 So MWC is behind us :-). And the telecom industry can breathe again, or at least we all hope so...

SDN Pricing - Priming the SDN Pump

Why SDN Requires a Different Business Model In consumer marketing we are familiar with the concept of giving a way one p...

Optical Encryption Moves from Niche Application to Ubiquitous Service

L1 Encryption Needed in Today's Networks When initially introduced into the market, optical encryption was a niche appli...

Path Computation Element

Part of the SDN Series by Russ White The original Path Computation Element Protocol (PCEP) work dates from the early 200...

Will Adopting new SD-WAN Solutions Cause Users to Switch Vendors?

Another WAN Blog by Dr. Jim Metzler This is the seventh in a series of blogs on the topic of the evolving enterprise WAN...

Network Slicing: The Long-Awaited SDN Killer App?

What is Network Slicing? Network slicing is the ability to carve out and dedicate different sets of resources, end-to-en...

Virtual Pricing for Virtual Networks

Does Network Slicing Suggest Slicing Prices as Well? As the ‘softwarization’ of the networking industry progresses, it b...

Take-Aways from NGON Africa: Breaking Expectations

Africa is Ready for Advanced Optical Technologies The first two attendees that I spoke with last week at NGON Africa in ...

Connected Highways for the Greater Good

Transportation is Not Keeping Up With the Times We are living in an era of instant communication and gratification. And,...

New Metro Networks – Time for God Box Reloaded?

God Box Concept When it comes to examples of aiming high and failing on a grand scale, systems that combine layers 0 to ...

Interface to the Routing System: Architecture

An SDN Blog by Russ White The last post on the topic of interface to the routing system (I2RS) discussed use cases; this...

Which SD-WAN Implementation Option do Users Prefer?

Another WAN Blog by Dr. Jim Metzler This is the sixth in a series of blogs on the topic of the evolving enterprise WAN t...

The Commitment to Green Telecom

Modern, Green Telecoms Whether for economic reasons, political reasons, and social reasons, every industry is working to...

Decommissioning Legacy Networks

Every time I read a trade article or go to an event, it’s always about some new breakthrough in telecoms technology or s...

The Managed Security Sale

A Day in the Life of an SMB Account Manager   The single biggest existential threat that's out there, I think, is cyber....

Interface to the Routing System: In the Background

An SDN Blog by Russ White Through this (probably far too long) series on SDNs, we have looked at BGP, Fibbing, and Openf...

Where Do Users Want WAN Functionality Hosted?

Another WAN blog by Dr. Jim Metzler This is the fifth in a series of blogs on the topic of the evolving enterprise WAN t...

Optical Vendors: The News of Our Death Has Been Highly Exaggerated

White-box Optics? The recent announcement that Facebook has developed an open-source, white-box optical transmission pla...

What Went Wrong On Our (Too) Long Journey to SDN?

In 2012, an executive who worked for one of the largest European service providers shared his dream with the attendees o...

Looking at Openflow

An SDN Blog by Russ White Openflow is the “father of software defined networks” in the minds of many engineers. To under...

Security in the IoT World: Scaring the Audience

Why Networks Need Security? At my recent presentation to the 2016 Canadian Utilities Information & Communications Techno...

When will SD-WANs be broadly adopted?

Another Bog in the WAN Series by Dr. Jim Metzler This is the fourth in a series of blogs on the topic of the evolving en...

4G, 5G Mobile Backhaul: What is The Difference For The Consumer?

LTE versus 5G The aim of LTE was to make anytime, anywhere services a reality. To achieve this, LTE increased capacity, ...

IP and Optical: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

IP over DWDM At several recent trade shows, most notably the NFV and Carrier SDN Event, Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling P...

High Speed Optical Networking: ‘It Takes a Village’

It Takes a Village to Manage Optical Networks The alchemists of our age, scientists and engineers, have transformed chem...

Do You Need an SDN Controller When You Already Have an NMS?

SDN Controller vs. NMS: Same, same but different? The SDN Controller concept was originally developed as the intelligent...

Fibbing and SDN

Another SDN Blog by Russ White The last post on the topic of SDNs discussed BGP as a southbound interface to control pol...

“P” Stands for Physical

Takeaway’s from the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2016 While preparing for a speech at Layer123’s recent SDN and OpenFlo...

How Well Do SD-WANs Support the Forces Impacting the WAN?

Another Blog in the Series by Dr. Jim Metzler This is the third in a series of blogs on the topic of the evolving enterp...

NREN Backbones Must Be Ready for the Spotlight

Not all Optical Backbones are Made Equal All public or private telecommunications network are supported by a high speed ...

What Does Internet of Things (IoT) Mean To You

IoT in the Lime Light Over the last few years, I have been fascinated to watch how the debate around the Internet of Thi...

BGP as an SDN?

A Russ White Blog BGP as an SDN? Clearly this must be some sort of mistake! Or maybe not. Consider, for a moment, the fo...

The Limitations of the Current Branch Office WAN Architecture

Another blog in the series by Dr. Jim Metzler This is the second in a series of blogs on the topic of the evolving enter...

NFV and Carrier SDN Event 2016 Highlights

Drivers of Change: SDN and NFV One of the main drivers of NFV is breaking apart functional networking blocks into their ...

Modernizing Business Services with uCPE

In a previous blog, I discussed how equipment providers are facing a lucrative but pitfall-laden path in deciding how to...

Where Does OTN Fit in an All-IP Network?

Orange Plans to Transition to an All-IP Network Those familiar with France’s Orange and their stated goal to transition ...

Management, Control, and What?

A Russ White Blog In the last post on SDNs, I spent a little time discussing just a bare minimum of some internal router...

Main Change Drivers in the WAN

Another Blog in the Series by Dr. Jim Metzler After years in which the WAN was relatively staid, we are now in a period ...

The Innovator’s Dilemma and NFV

If you haven’t yet read the Innovator’s Dilemma, you should. This seminal book by Clayton Christensen is now approaching...

Fact or Fiction—Can You Really Have a Self-Maintained Network?

Dreaming of a Self-Maintained Network? Every network operations center (NOC) manager dreams of the day when he or she ca...

NFV Has Arrived

Impressions from the 2016 OPNFV Summit As apparent in the OPNFV summit held a couple months ago, network functions virtu...

Mobile Network Evolution—Do Service Providers Stand a Chance?

The current state of the mobile network isn’t as clean as you might hope, as marketers push the benefits of the latest a...

Major Themes of the Big Communications Event 2016

Part 2 – Automation and Disaggregation The first Big Communications Event related blog focused on Virtualization and Sec...

The Tricky Part of Building a Control Plane

A Russ White Blog Series In my last blog post, I considered two questions: what does a control plane really do, and what...

How will Open Source Impact the Development of SDN and NFV?

Another blog in the series by Dr. Jim Metzler Until recently, open source has had a relatively modest impact on networki...

Major Themes of the Big Communications Event 2016 Part 1 – Virtualization and Se...

The LightReading Big Communications Event (BCE) for 2017 was held May 24th and 25th in Austin, Texas. The attendees list...

Fighting the Revenue Drain from OTT Applications

“Think specifically about the OTT (over the top) Cloud applications that run on the infrastructure you provide: Facebook...

DWDM Has Reached the Shannon Limit—Now What?

When the Shannon Limit was set forth in the mid-1900s governing the theoretical limit of information carrying capacity o...

Overcoming Network Security Challenges with Network Function Virtualization

Up until the late 2000s, implementing carrier-grade security solutions involved a great deal of struggle and multiple ap...

What Does a Control Plane Do?

To really understand Software Defined Networks (SDNs), we need to start from a place far different than the top of the c...

Is NFV Just for Communications Service Providers?

The conventional wisdom has been that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is associated exclusively with Communicatio...

3 Reasons to Resist the Urge to Abandon OpenFlow

By 2018, the market for software defined networking (SDN) will reach over $3.5 billion, giving communications service pr...

Interoperability a Cornerstone of Today’s OPEN Networks

ECI recently participated in the EANTC Interoperability Showcase in Paris at MPLS+SDN+NFV World 2016. Interoperability s...

2016 Trends in Data Center Networking

Customer investment in the data center is booming, and vendors are scrambling to keep up. There are more of them, closer...

Can Your Core Network be a Profit Center?

Aggregation networks are often the focus of telecom innovation because they feature the 10G services that support traffi...

Software Defined Networks: You Keep Using those Words…

Software Defined Networks (SDNs), are everywhere, and everyone is either building one, selling one, or using one. Everyo...

NFV’s Success Depends on Organizations Adopting a Fail-Fast Culture

Part of the promise of NFV is that it will make enterprises and Communications Service Providers (CSPs) notably more agi...

3 vCPE Challenges that Affect NFV Implementation

Judging from the number of discussions, communities and deployments, it is clear that NFV is gaining traction. But just ...

OTT Apps Are Bleeding Service Providers Dry

Service providers are bleeding! Over the last few years, service providers have had their lunch absolutely devoured by O...

What Really Goes on at an Interoperability Showcase?

In the world of telecoms, interoperability showcases aren’t anything new. As every year, a number of vendors recently ga...

Enhancing Network Efficiency – Tapping Unused Resources with SDN

This is the fifth post in the series – Strategies for Maximizing Network Efficiency

Phone Call to Mars: Why Application Latency Matters

Some of us may remember the time when long distance calls across the ocean were often accompanied by an annoying delay b...

Why Isn’t NFV Widely Deployed?

My last post provided a short overview of Network Function Virtualization (NFV); if you’re new to this terminology, it w...

NFV’s Biggest Impact will be on Organizations and Employees

Most of the discussion of Network Functions Virtualization focuses on technology issues such as the relative role of vir...

Holistic vs. Dedicated Approaches to Cyber Security

While many organizations see network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions as a technology for making their infrastru...

New ECI White Paper: Real Revenues from Virtualized Services

Communications service providers (CSPs) are currently facing a two-fold challenge. First, cloud-based over the top (OTT)...

Enhancing Network Efficiency – The Power to Save Is in Your Hands

This is the sixth post in the series – Strategies for Maximizing Network Efficiency As networks grow and become more com...

Enhancing Network Efficiency: Uncovering the Treasure in Buried Assets

This is the third post in the “Strategies for Maximizing Network Efficiency” series It wasn’t too long ago that service ...

Mission Critical Communication for Mission Critical Industries

Mission critical industries are the ones responsible for everything in our daily life we take for granted. When we turn ...

[New Video] The Case for Virtualized Transport or Transport NFV

Communications service providers (CSPs) have long been losing revenue as over the top (OTT) solutions gain favor in the ...

The Answer To Disaggregation: Network Functions Virtualization

When disconnecting hardware from software, the first thing a network engineer thinks about is routers and switches—becau...

4 Key Cloud Networking Challenges for Communications Service Providers

The cloud has revolutionized the world in many ways and enhanced how today’s businesses are run. It’s helped companies a...

What Management Challenges Does NFV Create?

There is tremendous interest in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in large part because it holds the promise of ena...

6 Big Security Trends from RSA Conference

For 25 years, the world’s leading cybersecurity professionals have gathered for the RSA Conference—and this year seemed ...

Making Smarter Cities

Today, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. That number is expected to grow to 66% by 2050! In an er...

SDN and NFV Aren’t at Odds—They’re a Perfect Pairing

Some things just work together. Milk and cookies, salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly and now—software defined netw...

Ovum and ECI Webinar Follow-Up For Cloud Service Providers

A recent webinar provided by Ovum and ECI gave an overview of the cloud environment, key industry trends and solutions. ...

Securing Critical Infrastructure in the Wake of Ukraine Power Grid Attack

The recent power outages in the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk have become a subject of global concern. The outages, ...

4 Major Trends Coming Out of Mobile World Congress 2016

This year’s Mobile World Congress, an annual event featuring technology companies, such as ECI, didn’t disappoint. The e...

Why Disaggregation? Why Now?

White box networking and servers, Virtualization and cloud based computing. All of these are related to a single trend i...

What’s Inhibiting The Adoption of NFV?

It has been three years since an Industry Specifications Group (ISG) for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV ISG) was ...

Where’s The Future Of Telecoms Going?

Join ECI® and others at MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress in Paris to find out. The 18th MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress is set to...

How A Multi-Layer Packet-Optical Approach Can Save Network Architectures

Has your network architecture overstayed its welcome? Sure, it’s served you well for the last decade but today’s optical...

Telecom and Open Source—This Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Carriers are constantly talking about including OSS (open source software) in their new strategies — but not always for ...

Overwhelmed by Security Alerts? Get a Grip with LightSEC™

Every security pro knows that threats are coming quickly and aggressively, and if you respond to each the exact same way...

Mobile World Congress 2016: Mobility, Shmobility …. But What About the Backhaul?

When the leading mobile communications professionals around the world gather for an exhibition, the focus is often place...

Learn to Control the Cloud: Rethink Data Center Networking Solutions

Service provider platforms must change with the times or risk becoming irrelevant. There are a variety of threats—but, f...

Speeding Time to Market: The Changing Pace of New Telecom Networks

Service creation is a long and evolved process – it requires marketing to identify a significant opportunity, R&D to dev...

Join ECI at the 2016 Next Generation Optical Networking Event in South Africa

Bandwidth demands are growing far more rapidly than network operators can upgrade their capacity and speeds. While 100G ...

No One Is Safe from Cyber Crime: How Teens Hacked the CIA Director

If there’s one thing the world learned from the Sony Pictures hack in 2014, it’s that being careless with email opens th...

Enhancing Network Efficiency: NFV Helps Take the Load Off

When it comes to getting more out of the network, service providers can either add capacity or put existing assets to be...

ECI to Present the ELASTIC Network™ at Metro Connect 2016

The United States Census Bureau recently found that 62.7% of the population lives in cities that take up just 3.5% of th...

The Latest ECI White Paper: SDN—Great in Theory, Not in Practice

At the current pace, telecom vendors will have invested over $3 billion just in the idea of software defined networking ...

Layer 1 Encryption Delivers Superior Protection

Driven by social media, the move to cloud networking and mobility, todays networks are becoming ever more open. In paral...

Finding Revenue from Virtualized Services: Webinar by ECI and Light Reading

For a decade, service providers have struggled to compete with the seemingly more agile over the top (OTT) vendors. At f...

ECI to Present the Elastic Network at AfricaCom 2015

We've all been told how software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) will help the indus...

Making the Data Center More Elastic—An ECI Exhibit at the Data Center World Expo

Data center infrastructures need to be designed for dynamic bandwidth allocation, service scheduling, and network automa...

Social Responsibility: It's a GOOD Thing!

You may have heard that ECI Telecom has been accepted as a participant in the prestigious United Nations (UN) Global Com...

Strategies for Maximizing Network Efficiency

Today people talk about making networks more agile, flexible and scalable as if that kind of transformation were trivial...

Easter Egg Hunt

​Though this year’s Easter is now history, the beautiful memory of decorating Easter Eggs as well as the great Easter Eg...

What Would you Call a Power Failure?

One answer of course is - A current event! (Sorry, about that. Can't help myself) A less funny and far more serious answ...

The Americans, North Koreans and Japanese (Sony) Play a Game of Cyber

The title might indicate the beginning of a good joke, but cyber warfare isn't imaginary and it is far from a laughing m...

The Evolution Revolution

Our industry is in the midst of an evolutionary revolution. Change normally comes slowly in our market, but this year ha...

There's no Business Like Show Business

October-November are shaping up as ECI's moment to shine in the spotlight. We are taking our latest technology on the ro...

Nextgen Optical Network Conference: It's Nice to Know

A few weeks ago, I attended and presented at the WDM and Next Generation Optical Networking conference held in Nice, Fra...

The Lights Are Coming on at ECI

I understand that in the Blogosphere 8 weeks is a long time between blogs, especially in the corporate world. But five m...

To Transport of Not to Transport?

That isn’t really a question, is it? We can argue about the technology, the protocol, the topology, the software, but at...

Welcoming 2014!

It’s that time of the year again, when we look back at what transpired in the last year, reflect (not too much, really) ...

Remember Corporate Social Responsibility?

It was a big deal, right?   Well, I’d like to think it’s still a big deal, otherwise I am really worried about the futur...

Packet Transport – It's Time To Pay the Bills

I think that each and every one of us has experienced at least once the “cash register crisis.” I am referring to that m...

Cellular Operators and Sub-loop Unbundling - What's Happening Here?

It was recently announced that Israel’s largest cellular operator Cellcom is planning to deploy street cabinets aimed at...

Smart, Smarter, Smartest!

Exploding energy costs, globalization, increased number of cars and growing traffic, need for working process efficienci...

Applications for End to End MPLS

Last time, we explored the advantages of deploying end-to-end MPLS and why it is better to push MPLS TP and not IP/MPLS ...

Coming Soon to a Network Soon to a Network Near You: Convergence?

With the maturation of Carrier Ethernet, we are seeing operators deploy – or desire to deploy – single, converged metro ...

CeBIT 2012: It's All About the Cloud and Managing Trust

The grand opening of CeBIT took place on Monday, March 5. This year Brazil is the official partner country of CeBIT.   S...

Smart Energy Trends in South Africa

Utilities in South Africa are facing similar problems as their colleagues in the rest of the world.  Last week, South Af...

Mashup: FTTH Conference

 wasn’t able to make it to the FTTH Conference myself this year, but I have been keeping tabs on what’s going on there t...

Living the Future

Last week, I had the privilege of sneaking into a conversation between our CTO team and a local journalist about the adv...

Do we Need an IP Plumber?

If someone wants to surf web pages, download MP3s, share photographs or watch streaming video, then the currently offere...

Can MPLS-TP Help Utilities with the Big Four 'S's (Simplicity, security, SDH/SON...

IT challenges for utility companies are diverse and getting increasingly complex with the growing demand for energy, the...

Reflections on the Smart Home

This past week, I had a great meeting with Powercom, a company offering Smart Grid and smart metering implementation. Po...

The Telecom Value Chain

In the telecom industry perhaps more than most, change is the only constant. That’s why in this post, I’d like to take a...

About Electric Cars and Telecom

I am in the market for a new car. I am looking at all the possibilities (and boy, are there possibilities – how am I sup...

EENY Rewind

We’re back from Ethernet Expo Americas (EENY), Light Reading’s popular event covering the hot topic of Carrier Ethernet ...

Enabling NG Broadband Services with Today's Copper

Incumbent operators have been on a seesaw in recent years. Once on the up side and leading with voice and data services,...

Say Hello to the OMLT, A New Breed of NG Transport Solutions

In our previous posts, we explored the concept of P-OTS and its shortcomings and discussed the need for integrating netw...

Spain Turns to Smart Grid for a Sustainable Future

As winter descended on the lovely Madrid, members of the EUTC (European Utilities Telecom Council) assembled once again ...

The Need for Integrating Layers

In my last post, we explored the concept of P-OTS and, more specifically, how the technology failed to live up to operat...

P-OTS for Next-Gen Transport: Not Quite There Yet?

P-OTS, or packet-optical transport systems, were introduced to the market a few years ago. These products were created t...

MPLS-TP: Packet Transport Network Enabling Technology

The growing demand for bandwidth seems like a never ending story. Driven by the richness of content in vertical markets ...

Next-Gen Transport Networks in India

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post here inviting you all to attend Light Reading India’s Next-Generation Packet Transport N...

The Business Case for VDSL2 Vectoring

In our previous posts, we discussed the crosstalk elimination capabilities of VDSL2 vectoring, as well as its many benef...

MEF Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Launches New Professional Certification Program

This year, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Much has changed since the organization ...

Additional VDSL2 Vectoring Benefits

n our previous post, we introduced VDSL2 vectoring as a viable solution for eliminating crosstalk, improving wireline pe...

VDSL Vectoring in the Field

In our final post in the VDSL vectoring blog series, we’ll discuss the major issues involved in access network maintenan...

Realizing the Promise of Smart Grid

I think it’s safe to say that most of us can’t imagine an existence without electricity. And that’s precisely why power ...

Calling All Telecoms Operators in India

Hear ye! Hear ye! If you’re a telecoms operator in India (or if you’re interested in the Indian market in general), I wa...

A NECESSARY EVIL

Okay, I’ll admit it – the sight of yet another ‘demo’ at a trade show doesn’t really excite me. And it probably doesn’t ...

New Technologies, New Threats?

Thanks for coming back for the second installment in our series of blog posts on securing the haul. If you missed our fi...

A New Era in African Telecoms

Last week, I and several of my colleagues from ECI once again visited the East Africa Com event in Nairobi, Kenya. Out o...

Spiderman, Uncle Ben and Cellular Networks

With great power comes great responsibility” – Uncle Ben to Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man)   Spider-Man and telecommunica...

What Does it Take to Go IPV6?

It’s true, we’ve been hearing about IP address exhaustion for years. But last month, we heard an additional warning sire...

A Practical Look at Migration to LTE/4G

The mobile data explosion, which caught even the most visionary of network gurus by surprise, is driving the push to rol...

Creating a Brighter Future at the FTTH Conference

We’ve heard it time and time again: industry events are in decline…no one goes to events anymore. Well, I’m here to tell...

Packet Transport: Hype or Ripe?

Recently someone asked me why packet transport is so hyped right now. I answered that I don’t see it in those terms. To ...

MEF Working to Accelerate Carrier Ethernet Adoption Worldwide

I am in India, where the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is hosting two seminars on Carrier Ethernet services. One was held t...

The Cloud is the Limit - Packet Transport Networks Come to the Rescue

Originally, cloud computing was about SaaS (Software as a Service), and now it is a widely used term in the IT industry....

Crystal Ball, UTELCO Style

What does the future hold for utelcos? Well, while we polish our crystal balls, let’s take a quick look into the past.  ...

UTELCO Biz Models: Which One is Right for You?

For utelcos, what are the business models that can be employed to help them make the most of the opportunity? And moreov...

Fros and Sullivan Honors Excellence in Africa

I recently had the pleasure of attending Frost & Sullivan’s third annual African Excellence Awards Banquet, which was he...

We Dreamed of Africa... ECI Goes to Kampala in Uganda

A group of us from ECI, along with Ivan Soldo from NewTelco, traveled to Uganda in East Africa in early December for a t...

Addressing the Opportunity

Of course, just because the communications opportunity is real for the utilities, doesn’t mean that all utilities simply...

Utility to UTelco: The Rationale

Anytime there’s a business opportunity that looks promising, there will be entrants into the space from many different d...

This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Two of Us... Or Is It?

It was a classic showdown at high-noon, with tumbleweeds rolling by. There could only be one winner, and the other would...

Using Both GPON and Active Ethernet: Is That Your Final Answer?

Now that we’ve outlined the clear need for Active Ethernet, in addition to GPON, let’s take a look at who will benefit. ...

Telecom Worshipping

I never thought I would think of telecom in religious terms, but two discussions I had recently with analysts got me thi...

Insights on Africa.... From AfricaCOM

My colleague Orly Nahum and I participated this past week in the largest telecoms conference and exhibition on the Afric...

Out wiht the Old, In with the New?

The decision-making process regarding if/when to make the full transition from SDH/SONET to MPLS reminds me of the dilem...

EUTC 2010: A New Way of Thinking About Smart Grids

We are just back from the European Utility Telecom Conference in London. The only event of its kind dedicated to gas, wa...

The Trade Show is Dead?

Well, not exactly … but its popularity with senior marketing management within the vendor community has waned in recent ...

Telecom, Cloud Computing and Networking

As I get to the Fiumicino airport in Rome, I find out that my flight has been delayed by two hours. That’s the bad news....

Great Opportunity at Broadband World Forum

If you’re a service provider or carrier and you’re attending Broadband World Forum 2010 in Paris later this month, I hav...

LTE…For the Rest of Us

I’ve mentioned it here before on this blog, but I want to make this absolutely clear: I’m not a technologist. I’m a mark...

The Right Time for Next Generation

NGN, or next-generation network, is a phrase that will always accompany us. It’s one of those buzzwords that, no matter ...

What's a System Architect?

System architecture is about theory and practice. If anyone thinks differently, the end result will be an ill-planed sys...

Optical Networking Strategy & Solution for NGN

Recently, there’s been tremendous growth in the delivery of next-gen services. This growth is due in large part to the c...

Is WDM-PON the Next Big Thing for FTTH?

One of the hot topics today is wavelength division multiplexing passive optical network, or “WDM-PON,” and for good reas...

Telcos Becoming IT Providers?

There’s a semi “new” trend emerging in the telecommunications industry, and it’s the adaptation of IT-like offerings for...

Can Less=More When it Comes to NMS?

When it comes to unifying a network management system (NMS), does less really equal more? This topic has re-emerged sinc...

Cable's Wireless Backhaul Play

In my role within ECI’s Americas region, I get to speak with a lot of operators. Something that’s become very clear to m...

The Earth Defense WIMAX Game

Years ago, there was a terrific arcade game called “Space Invaders.” I used to love that game. You started out by shooti...

On a Wireless Backhaul Roadshow

Besides trying to explain to my husband where I was going (“You are going on a roadshow to talk about Wally’s WHAT????”)...

Next-Gen Networks: The Human Factor

With so much hype surrounding technology, we tend to forget the human beings behind the revenue projections, service off...

Native is Beautiful

Beauty is a subjective matter. Still, there is common agreement that as much as it is possible, native is beautiful, hea...

Social Media: It's Not Just for us Marketers

I’d like to take a brief departure from the usual technical blog post and delve into a topic that we don’t often address...

The World Belongs to the Young

Driven by the consumer market, the notions that ‘youth equals beauty’ and ‘new is best’ are always present in the backs ...

Q&A: The State of Ethernet in LATAM

Last month, IIR held its first-ever MEF Congress in Latin America, Carrier Ethernet World Americas (CEW Americas). Altho...

Don't Forget to Look Back When Running Forward

How many times have you found yourself struggling to achieve something, only to forget what prompted you to try it in th...

The Great Minds Down South

Although I will often complain of the amount of traveling I do, I absolutely love it when I get to interact with the sma...

Quick Take: Telecom and The Philippines

I am just back from the Philippines, where we recently hosted a roadshow for telecoms operators. We met with the smart p...

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Welcome to 1NetAvenue, the official ECI Telecom corporate blog. We’re very excited to bring you this blog, which will co...

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