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Optical Transport Helps Networks Cope with Rising Demand

December 03, 2015

Most smartphone users don’t consider the network implications of their YouTube habit. But network infrastructure engineers sure do.

The rise of mobile video and streaming music services such as Pandora and Apple Music have greatly increased the amount of bandwidth the typical consumer now uses, to say nothing of the added data usage from cloud-services. This is putting a big strain on networks, which must grow and constantly improve capacity in order to keep up with demand.

One way that network engineers are coping is with added optical transport use.

Optical fiber links provide high-bandwidth transport, multiplexing, switching, management, supervision and survivability of communication channels. It allows network operators to converge networks through seamless transport of many types of legacy protocols while providing the flexibility required to support future client protocols.

Optical transport protocols also allow for monitoring of multi-service traffic, which makes it ideal for 10 Gigabit Ethernet and the 100 Gigabit Ethernet of the future.

Being a completely transparent protocol, optical transport networks leave OSS/BSS solutions intact and don’t require retraining. That makes optical also cost-effective and relatively easy to implement.

Network engineers are finding that optical transport helps achieve optimum capacity utilization, improving network efficiency. But so are businesses discovering it.

Businesses are starting to see the advantages of optical transport as data use grows; many businesses are choosing optical transport for their mission-critical networks. For businesses, optical transport reduces capital and operational costs, simplifies service provisioning, supports high-bandwidth applications and overcomes distance limitations imposed by other technologies.

In other words, optical transport is on the move and growing. A recent study by Acute Market Reports, for instance, shows that the optical amplifier market is expected to grow from $900 million in 2012 to $2.8 billion by 2019.

With broadband demand rising relentlessly, optical transport or any other technology that can improve the network is being received with open arms.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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