September 30, 2013
Emerging Markets Experiencing Growth in Carrier Ethernet
By Michael Guta
TMCnet Contributing Writer
The impact of information and communications technology (ICT) in the developing world is more noticeable than in developed countries because of the lack of established infrastructure. While the developed world has gradually grown with the development of the Internet, mobile communications and e-commerce, developing countries in essence have leapfrogged the growing stages and are now experiencing the latest evolution of the technology – albeit in a limited form.
Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF (News - Alert)), a global industry alliance comprising more than 220 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations, believes the market for Carrier Ethernet in emerging markets is very promising.
In the past, these developing countries were seen as a market for dumping obsolete technology, but the availability of real-time information is empowering emerging markets to implement world class technology, especially for government infrastructure projects. Fiber networks, broadband wireless and satellite technology are now available in some of the poorest nations around the world. The growth of digital services including commerce is pushing large cities in these countries to start providing carrier Ethernet for customers who demand the speed, flexibility, and convenience the technology delivers.
MEF has seen a spike from this sector from organizations looking for certification and membership to ensure they are delivering global standards for the communications needs of their customers.
The 40 specifications developed by the MEF technical committee ensures the carrier Ethernet provider they approve is following the organization's architectural, service, and management technical specification and implementation agreements for the promotion of the interoperability and deployment of this technology. The test suite MEF has developed supervises the certification programs for equipment, services and professionals.
Multinational companies are investing in different markets in developing countries to capture what is seen as the fastest growing market in the industry. Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Motorola (News - Alert), Xerox and Hewlett-Packard are just a few of the companies moving forward in helping these countries develop their ICT investment to ensure the technology can be deployed and provide services for the entire population instead of pockets in large metropolitan areas.
Governments are also jumping in to simplify regulations and encourage local and foreign investment to speed up the development of telecom infrastructure. The opportunities the technology provides is being recognized by the vast majority of leaders in these countries, and as the it reaches full saturation point in developing countries, companies are looking for new opportunities in developing countries.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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