How to Master Multi-vendor Optical Network Orchestration and Automation in Hybrid Legacy / Next-Gen Networks
In the age of cloud-native transition and SDN, communication service providers are facing many challenges, including how to maximize their existing legacy infrastructure investments. This challenge is most visible at the optical layer (Layers 0 and 1), as optical devices have long refresh cycles. To remain competitive, providers must upgrade to next-generation architectures that can support new use cases and enable complete automation.
Every day, we learn more about the reasons behind America’s growing digital divide. A major cause is that the needed investment to close the gap has not happened. As a result, a growing number of rural electric co-ops and municipal utilities are stepping in to provide the high-speed internet needed to spark community growth and bolster flat or declining electric revenues. As the Practice Leader of Fujitsu’s rural broadband team, I’m proud to be part of this effort.
Even as networks struggle to adapt to changing customer patterns and surging demands for bandwidth, telecommunication providers must continue to provide reliable, cost-efficient services. This means delivering more dynamic capacity and reach at the lowest cost per bit. In today’s high-speed optical networks, two key variables affecting capacity and cost are baud rate and modulation density; both can be managed and optimized.
The world is facing a situation unprecedented in modern times. While healthcare workers, first responders and political leaders are bearing the brunt of this developing health crisis, our industry is proving how important critical network infrastructure is to our daily lives. Our industry enables people to work, learn and connect while maintaining safe distances necessary
So you’ve read the research about the benefits of broadband—for the community, your business and electric customers. You’ve sat through town council meetings or board of director meetings, listening to residents and business owners lament the spotty service and slow connect speeds of the current service providers. Now you’re thinking about taking matters into your
User experience (UX) design is a widely accepted role in the consumer software development lifecycle, and, in many cases, has proven to be the key differentiator in winning business. Yet enterprise UX designers still struggle to justify the significance of UX design in the overall development process. Today, misconceptions around UX design lie in the
The telecoms industry is experiencing a major transformation as we usher in a new year, offering promise and opportunity to communication service providers (CSPs) worldwide. But this shift certainly didn’t happen overnight. A number of trends have steadily advanced on the horizon, while the industry has watched and waited for tomorrow’s technologies to reach full
If you want to learn more about how virtual routers, or vRouters, will be used to meet the demands of 5G transport and other next-gen services, check out the on-demand recording of the webinar, “Virtual Routers for Flexible, Future-Proof 5G Transport.” Click here to listen to the free recorded session, and you’ll also be able
If you missed the Fujitsu co-sponsored webinar, “400ZR and ZR+: Enabling Next-Generation Data Center Connectivity” or want to listen again, an on-demand recording is now available. Click here to listen to the recorded session. You’ll also be able to download the presentations, a special report from IHS Markit, and the application note, “400G ZR –
Widespread access to broadband is changing the way we live, work and design our cities. But not every community is benefiting from this sweeping change. This is especially true across rural America, where the digital divide threatens to leave many smaller communities behind. For these communities and the rural electric co-ops that serve them, access
Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) has arrived and with it, 150 MHz of prime 3.5GHz spectrum in a low-cost shared spectrum model with few barriers to entry. Described by the FCC as “the innovation band”, CBRS LTE has attracted a variety of existing and new network operators. They include traditional small, medium and large service
In the data center world, downward pressure on operations costs, coupled with the demands of managing large numbers of devices, has produced an approach to configuration management that prioritizes efficiency, simplicity, and automation. Essentially, data center operators must make it easy not just to configure large numbers of new devices, but also to monitor and
Today’s telecom service providers are confronting powerful market drivers that are challenging their network operations and business models. First, a plethora of new technology options are now available to upgrade legacy networks, but this creates interoperability issues between existing and new hardware and software. Second, constant growth in customer demand for bandwidth is challenging service
The second installment of our two-part blog on network management, we look at why small broadband service providers— such as tier 2/3 telecommunications providers, electric co-ops, and public power utilities—might choose to outsource their network operations center (NOC) rather than setting up and operating their own. A Little NOC Refresher In case you missed Part
The 5G network is virtualized through a complex interlinking of individual components running as Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), and network slicing. While VNFs have been around for a while, network slicing presents itself as the next step in SDN technology—amounting to full virtualization of the network from radio to core. The separation of the network
With the promise of massively increased speed and capacity, there is a lot riding on the success of next-generation 5G technology. To be more accurate, one might say there is a lot riding on the 5G transport network specifically, given the critical role that transport will play in enabling high-bandwidth, ultra-reliable and ultra-low latency applications
With the advent of 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud technologies, smart infrastructure enabled by high-speed connectivity is now closer than ever to being truly ubiquitous. These trends are driving a variety of advancements across a wide range of industries — from cost-efficiency and better customer service, to enhanced safety and security. The
How does your operations team find out conclusively what devices are in the network? If you ask them for information about the network’s operational and configuration status, what answers might they give you? Does your team begin to provision services, only to find that the devices are already configured for a different service? For most
Technology is fast-moving and ever-evolving. Whether you are a current broadband provider or thinking of becoming one, you need to consider how to efficiently and effectively manage technology. If you have a smaller network—such as a rural electric cooperative, telecom cooperative, or public power utility—transitioning to a new service platform is challenging enough. Managing delivery