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:
We’re back from Ethernet Expo Americas (EENY), Light Reading’s popular event covering the hot topic of Carrier Ethernet networking technologies and services. Over the past couple of years, this event has also started to cover more and more optical-related topics, which is yet another sign of the growing convergence in the market between packet and optical. It was just announced that the event, now in its seventh year, set new records for registration and industry involvement. Over 130 service providers and cable operators from more than 25 different countries attended the event, which featured a record 35 speakers from service provider, cloud provider and enterprise organizations.
The growing demand for bandwidth seems like a never ending story. Driven by the richness of content in vertical markets like broadband residential access and cellular, operators and telecoms vendors alike are constantly looking for ways to convert networks into more scalable and efficient packet-based transport networks.
This year, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Much has changed since the organization was formed in 2001 to promote the interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet. Back then, Ethernet was viewed as simply another networking protocol. Today, Ethernet is ubiquitous, and the MEF has played a key role in accelerating the adoption of the technology and carrier-class Ethernet services worldwide.
I am in India, where the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is hosting two seminars on Carrier Ethernet services. One was held two days ago in Mumbai and the other is taking place today in Bangalore. What’s refreshing about these seminars is that they are centered on real case studies of enterprise pain points and how they’ve been solved. Real-life cases are being presented on everything from medical scan files sent across the globe for physicians’ evaluation, to retail fashion chain inventory communications, to international law firm data sharing and storage. The presentations are then followed by panel discussions and Q&A from the attendees.
It was a classic showdown at high-noon, with tumbleweeds rolling by. There could only be one winner, and the other would have to leave town, never to return.
Now that we’ve outlined the clear need for Active Ethernet, in addition to GPON, let’s take a look at who will benefit.
Installing Active Ethernet on top of a GPON network is not cheap. To make it worth the investment, the path to a significant increase in revenue must be clear. The good news is that it is crystal-clear what type of customer will benefit from and appreciate Active Ethernet. In other words, if you want these categories of customers, you better have Active Ethernet available.
Last month, IIR held its first-ever MEF Congress in Latin America, Carrier Ethernet World Americas (CEW Americas). Although smaller in size than its sibling events in Europe and Asia Pacific, CEW Americas is the largest conference and exhibition for Ethernet networking and services professionals in the Latin America region.
Although I will often complain of the amount of traveling I do, I absolutely love it when I get to interact with the smart folks in our industry. As an Analyst Relations professional, I am lucky enough to “have” to meet with the top telecoms analysts. And sometimes my travels take me to meet the analysts that are looking at specific countries or regions.
Topics: Carrier Ethernet