Taking the bite out of capacity crunch

Blog article by: Mirit Ashkenazi

By 2017, there will be a predicted seven trillion networked devices. To support this connected world, where bandwidth-hungry devices and applications are connected anytime and anywhere, service providers will have no choice but to upgrade their networks to overcome the looming capacity crunch.  No-one is feeling this pressure more than wireline operators who are currently running different DSL technologies along the copper cables covering “the last mile” between the nearest local street cabinet and the home.

These service providers are already facing stiff competition from cable operators, who today can offer approximately 100Mbps by using DOCSIS3 technology, and from mobile operators who are moving towards LTE. And whilst we may be heading towards a fully connected world of sophisticated smart homes, even now the bandwidth needs of a “regular” household are proving too much for copper-to-xDSL technology to support. Just try carrying out multiple activities at the same time – some with much higher capacity demands than the others – like watching an HD movie online, uploading photos to Facebook, and downloading MP3s.  You can’t fail to notice how they affect and disrupt each other as they fight to claim the limited bandwidth.

That’s not the case with fiber. It’s the most suitable technology for providing broadband access in the connected world and can easily deliver more than 1Gbps – just compare that to the lower than 50Mbps speed provided by copper-to-xDSL technology.  Service providers are also facing regulatory pressures to switch from copper to fiber as governments seek to promote national broadband network projects in order to use fiber’s superior capacity to increase competition and drive economic dynamism.

The not-so-inconsiderable challenge lies with finding the best way to deploy an FTTx project which is, by default, expensive, complicated, and has a relatively long payback time. Overcoming these obstacles relies on following a five-step approach which utilizes operational support systems solutions with automated planning, fulfillment, activation and assurance processes.  This is examined in a newly-published white paper which explores how wireline service providers should meet and fight the connected world’s capacity crunch head on – both in terms of quality of service and return on their investment. Switching to fiber networks is probably inevitable, but it’s how service providers decide to get there which will make the difference to their bank balances in the end.

Download the new whitepaper: “Taking the bite out of capacity crunch”

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