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June 11, 2012

High Bandwidth Networks are Needed to Meet Increasing Demands



By Jamie Epstein
TMCnet Web Editor



As smartphones and an array of other type of next-generation devices are continually introduced to a corporate network, many infrastructures are folding under the pressure as they are not able to withstand the pressures associated with the newly added content.

As broadband usage will only be getting larger by the day, some of the major drivers for growth include the network being forced to expand geographically as building and data centers are being erected, causing consumers to require larger and larger pipes and wavelengths which is prompted by the media or more specifically cable companies, media providers and content providers.

Custom private networks are an ideal solution for a wide customer base, as they easily handle the volume of ever increasing video traffic. Fiber-to-the tower and bandwidth to the tower needs are also being raised as both capacity and connectivity needs are growing alike.

Recently at The Cable Show 2012 which took place in Beantown, a.k.a. Boston, Mass, when asked about when she believes new content will demand more than 100G, Colleen Gallagher, vice president of business development, First Communications stated, “We are actually already working with some companies to provide them with something called alien wavelength, where you are not limited by that first 10 or first 100G—so the technology is there to address that if anyone has that kind of need.”

This “alien wavelength” is also proving highly valuable for people who are not looking for huge amounts of bandwidth but want to have finite control over their bandwidth including financial companies who are completing high transaction trading who are looking to have a high level of security over that network. In essence, its one step away from owning and lighting your own fiber network but another company is powering that network for them.

Gallagher added, “They like the idea of not having to come back to a service provider and having another cost to light the next circuit. So, they invest in a different kind of a platform with us and then they can even have us be the provisioning arm for them if they don’t want to do it internally but know it is there when they need it.”




Edited by Rich Steeves
 
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