Imagine you are in charge of your country’s public transportation. You have three divisions, busses, trains, and aeroplanes. Each division shares patterns of passenger traffic with each other, but otherwise operate independently. The population is generally satisfied with the level of service, even when switching between modes of transport, but you know that this is primarily due to the fact that your budgets have been generous enough to allow each division to build sufficient route capacity and frequency.
No self-respecting optical equipment vendor can afford to be without a well-considered strategy for software defined networking (SDN). Over the last 18 months or so, most of the major and second-tier vendors have announced how they intend to approach software control of the optical layer in carrier transport networks – which we will call transport SDN to distinguish it from the more well-developed application of SDN in data centre network environments.
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