Posts about Orange

When you attend telecom conferences as part of your day job as I do, you are frequently subject to the biggest trending spook acronym in the industry: OTT. OTT stands for Over the Top, a rather awkward (in my opinion) denomination for market players who use the Internet (which stands ‘above’ the physical network of telecom operators, at least in the OSI stack) to offer services directly to the telecom operators’ customers.
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Once upon a time (Well, actually several different times, depending on how you keep score), there was a fiber "glut" - an excess of fiber carrying capacity. Too much unlit capacity on long-haul routes back in the late 1990s lead to a 2001 market correction among service providers and equipment manufacturers buying into a myth of an exponentially growing Internet with infinite growth potential. I don't think we'll go through another fiber building boom anytime soon, but there are a lot of bits and pieces to indicate more glass will be put to work in long-haul and short haul uses in the years to come.
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On a blog post earlier this week, Yankee analyst, Benoît Felten posted a link to a new interactive map on French telecom operator Orange’s website. Although my attention is easily drawn to any form of online-based tool, this one held my attention for much longer than usual.
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