Given that the term web-scale was coined barely two years ago, it is surprising how quickly it has come to dominate the conversation in the optical networking industry. The requirements of web-scale operators like Facebook, Google and Microsoft are increasingly front and centre at events like OFC 2015, which was held in Los Angeles, California, in March.
As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance
Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move
Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby
With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand