Drivers of Change in the Metro
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.
Challenge #1: “Winter (Package) is coming”
If you’ve ever followed the hit HBO show Game of thrones, you’ll have heard the phrase “Winter is coming” numerous times. As well as heralding the invasion of White Walkers from beyond the wall, each time I hear those words it reminds me that the European Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package – commonly known as the ‘Winter Package’ – is coming too.
ICT Trends for Utilities
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.
What Can Telecoms Learn from the Bayeux Tapestry?
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.
The Telecom Industry is Characterized by Ongoing Hype Cycles
Probably more than any other industry sector, the telecommunications market has the habit of jumping from one hype cycle to the next, with only short phases of realism and depression in between. As opposed to other industries, both vendors and customers seem to be participating in this vicious circle - ‘full steam’. Neither side wants to be woken up, let alone stopped.
The name "chicken" has its origins in a game in which two drivers drive towards each other on a collision course: one must swerve, or both may die in the crash. The driver who swerves will be called a "chicken".-- Wikipedia
5G Promises to Drive Another Bout of Telecom CAPEX, but Will It?
The demand for mobile data is spiraling as we all consume more and more services, especially video. Did you know that video now makes up more than 70% of the traffic traversing the network? This traffic explosion has put immense pressure on current networks. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that ~40% of services providers have already announced that they intend to roll out 5G networks.
Open Source Routers?
In the old westerns (often actually shot in Italy or Mexico, rather than the Western United States), when a new gunfighter strolls into town there will always be that fateful moment when someone will say, “this town ain’t big enough for the two of us.” Then some arrangement will be made to meet at dawn on the main street. In the routing world, the problem is often not too many gunfighters, but too few, particularly when it comes to routing stacks. There are a few, of course, including Cisco, Juniper, IP Infusion, Ericsson, and some other well-known names.
Impact of DCI on the Optical Market
Data Center Interconnect (DCI) having a significant impact on the optical market, both from a demand standpoint and from a requirements standpoint. While still a relatively small part of the overall market, DCI is growing quickly and has allowed exciting new players like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft to get involved in the optical market. Estimates are that DCI represents 30% of the total DWDM market at the moment.