September 07, 2013
Dark Fiber Community Week in Review
By Rory J. Thompson
The Dark Fiber industry continued to show impressive growth recently, with expansions and innovations exploding.
That message was driven home when it was revealed that U.S. enterprises are expected to spend more than $49 billion over the next five years on Ethernet services provided by carriers, according to a new study. In addition, business spending on carrier Ethernet services will go over $5.5 billion in 2013 alone in the United States. The Insight Research Corporation predicts revenue in the sector will increase from about $5.5 billion in 2013 and make it to over $13 billion by 2018. It was also projected that large-scale migration of wireless backhaul cell sites from TDM (time-division multiplexing) to Ethernet will take place over the coming five years. Carriers are also completing 4G LTE (News - Alert) (News - Alert) deployments, the study said.
"Ethernet services in the small to mid-sized business market is the fastest growing segment of this market, while wireless backhaul still commands the top segment," Fran Caulfield, director of research at Insight, said in a statement. "Over the five year forecast period we project a compounded annual revenue growth rate of 19 percent, with the highest growth levels in the next two years."
In other news, O3b Networks and Kymeta Corporation -- a provider of innovative software-enabled, metamaterials-based, electronic-beam forming antennas for satellite communications -- have inked an agreement to further the development of flat panel satellite antennas for the O3b network. The antennas, which are designed to be thin and light, and the Kymeta terminals, along with O3b Networks’ high speed, low latency Internet services, are expected to launch several new markets on a global scale. O3b, a global satellite service provider, will soon be launching its next-generation satellite constellation for satellite services with fiber-like speeds. Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks said, “At O3b, we are striving to bring the benefits of affordable, low latency bandwidth to a growing number of people around the world and to delivering an ever-expanding set of applications.”
It was also reported that ADVA Optical Networking (News - Alert), a provider of Ethernet access solutions, has been selected by Openreach, the infrastructure division of BT Group, to deliver Ethernet access direct services in the U.K. Openreach has deployed over 100,000 FSP 150 circuits into its Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) services. This deployment is one of the largest installed bases of Ethernet connectivity in the world, according to company officials. EAD services are gaining adoption among enterprises in the U.K. The service demands a robust network management tool that is capable of removing complexity from operations, administration and maintenance tasks. Openreach leads the deployment of BT (News - Alert) Group's 2.5bn pounds roll-out of fiber, delivering fiber broadband services to communities across the UK. The company is also responsible for installing and maintaining communications networks that link different establishments to their provider networks.
For the latest industry updates, be sure to check in with the Dark Fiber community daily.
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