The first two attendees that I spoke with last week at NGON Africa in Cape Town expressed often held views that leading edge technology does not apply to Africa. The first was a young technologist who came by as we were unpacking equipment for display at the ECI booth. He asked about the hardware and I explained the 100Gbps transponder that we had installed in a 3RU Apollo™ shelf. His reaction was, “I can’t imagine we need anything that fast in Africa.” The second was a critical infrastructure operator who explained that he was not convinced yet that Africa was ready for the move from copper to fiber.
The recent announcement that Facebook has developed an open-source, white-box optical transmission platform has led some pundits in the industry to predict the imminent death of traditional optical vendors. While there will certainly be an impact, that prediction is significantly premature.
When the Shannon Limit was set forth in the mid-1900s governing the theoretical limit of information carrying capacity of a communications channel, it was impossible to imagine that this would someday be applied to fiber optics communications that was not even conceived of at that time.
Topics: Optical Networking