People tend to accumulate junk to fill the available space. The same can be said about content and networks.
But I think we all know that personal belongings and online traffic don’t just fill our closets, garages, and networks. They often overload them.
So it’s up to us to unpack the factors at play in these situations and to figure out how to more efficiently use the resources we have to manage the load.
And for network operators, a trip to Goodwill is not the answer.
Instead, operators like cable companies need to invest the time and resources to make their networks more capacious and efficient. And a fiber deep architecture can allow for that.
Fiber deep networks leverage coherent optics and packet-optical technology to allow for scalable access networks. They also eliminate amplifiers, bring optical-to-electrical conversion closer to subscribers, reduce homes per node, and bring headend capabilities to the node.
As a result, such networks will be better positioned to address the new demands brought on by 4K TV, 5G connectivity, and augmented and virtual reality applications and devices. That’s important considering there will be more than 100 million 4K TV users by 2020. Estimates suggest there will be 128 million 5G connections that same year. And in a couple years 47 million VR devices may be on the network.
“Consumer data-hungry applications continue to grow, driving new devices with more capability,” says Ovum (News - Alert). “To respond, carriers are building fiber deeper in the network.”
Cablecos and telcos have been pushing fiber closer and closer to end users for years now. But it’s been a journey. As new bandwidth-loving applications like 4K video and VR fill the networks, there’s greater urgency to this fiber push.
Edited by Maurice Nagle