By the end of 2018, fixed broadband is expected to reach a major milestone – one billion served – supporting nearly 50 percent of total households around the globe. While this number pales in comparison to mobile broadband at nearly six billion subscribers (per Ericsson Mobility Report – November 2018) its significance cannot be overlooked ...

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Posted by Dean Anthony Gratton on December 12, 2018

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I attended Web Summit last month and was privy to the same promises of what the internet of things (IoT) can do – yep, I’ve been hearing the same rhetoric, and seeing the same paperware since working with IoT back in 2010. It utterly frustrates me when I persistently read or hear of “What the IoT can do” rather than “Look, this is what we’ve achieved” ...

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What can we look forward to next year in optical networking? With many new players entering the ecosystem, the debate looks likely to get hotter between technology lovers, people focusing on simplicity and operational aspects and proponents of machine intelligence. Several trends will greatly impact the way we build optical networks going forward ...

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There’s more than one way to migrate a metro network from 10Gbit/s aggregated bandwidth to 100Gbit/s. At first, you might consider data center leaf/spine switches, expecting significant cost savings from volume-deployed devices. However, on second thought, there may be some concerns. Those devices are optimized for a very specific application, which doesn’t necessarily makes them the perfect solution for other use cases ...

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