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.
Rail Infrastructure Relies on Outdated Communications Infrastructure
Over 200 years ago, Richard Trevithick developed the first high-pressured steam locomotive and used it to haul a train along the Penydarren tramway. Just 15 years later Stephensons’s Rocket won the Rainhill Trials and became the template for most rail transportation for the next 150 years. Anyone still around from those days would probably find today’s rail infrastructure very familiar, with locomotives still hauling trains over standard gauge metal rails.
Transportation is Not Keeping Up With the Times
We are living in an era of instant communication and gratification. And, while daily life seems to be going faster and faster, the road systems seem to be moving slower and slower. I waste hours on the road in bumper to bumper traffic, listening to the radio… growing increasingly frustrated. I continue listening to the radio hoping to learn why traffic is delayed. By the time the report finally comes, it is clear that the news is old and no longer correct. I am further frustrated. Sound familiar?
Every time I read a trade article or go to an event, it’s always about some new breakthrough in telecoms technology or service delivery: NFV, SDN, 400G, SD-WAN, E-VPN, Alien Superchannels, CDC-F. The list goes on and on. You’d think consumers are more demanding than ever and that service providers are rapidly evolving their networks to keep up.
IP over DWDM
At several recent trade shows, most notably the NFV and Carrier SDN Event, Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin showed a slide demonstrating the industry’s long history with IP and Optical integration. One of the images on that slide is an article in LightReading from April, 2000 entitled “IP over Glass, Who Cares?”, a very interesting article to re-read from a historical perspective to see just how far the industry has progressed in 16 ½ years.
The current state of the mobile network isn’t as clean as you might hope, as marketers push the benefits of the latest and greatest 4G LTE technology and upcoming 5G capabilities. In fact, adapting to the mobile network evolution is a messy proposition that even the most advanced service providers can struggle with.
Despite the flashy promises of advanced 4G LTE and 5G networks, service providers must find more effective ways to improve service quality across multi-generation mobile networks.
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 take place March 8-11th, at the Marriott River Gauche in Paris—and ECI will be there.
One answer of course is - A current event! (Sorry, about that. Can't help myself)
A less funny and far more serious answer is that a power failure is a critical event on the part of an energy supplier's mission critical network. This kind of failure, which impedes full monitoring and control, can be prevented with the right network solution behind it.