ADVA Optical Networking SE is a telecommunications vendor that provides network equipment for data, storage, voice and video services. ADVA Optical Networking has a global workforce of over 1,700 employees and its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) has been deployed in more than 250 carriers and 10,000 enterprises.

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  • Security analysts recently disclosed the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. They are frightening because they exist on most commonly used processors. Naturally, communication service providers (CSPs) are concerned about the security of VNF-based business services running on these processors. In particular, they are worried about the vCPE use case, which allows them to replace multiple hardware ...

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  • Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a spectacular start to the New Year! Yes, 2017 should have received a speeding ticket, since it went by too fast! And, I’m sure, 2018 will similarly speed along at an unsuitable pace – apparently time flies when you’re having fun, or is it just old age? Never mind. What do we do now? So, it’s 2018, and I thought in this month’s column I ...

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  • Artificial intelligence (AI) has enabled consumer applications from speech and face recognition to self-learning IoT platforms, while automation allows for positive feedback loops within organizational and operational processes. While both these technologies will develop individually, it’s their synergies that will make the biggest impact. AI-assisted automation (AA) has the power to revolutionize...

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  • We are all moving to the cloud – our apps, our pictures, our entertainment. Telcos are doing the same thing. They want to get the benefits of the cloud. These include low-cost hardware, multi-vendor systems, rapid development and deployment of services, and automation. But getting to the cloud is about more than technology. It’s also about the way we work. In particular, telcos have to change how ...

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  • Just when you thought the copper network was finally going to be retired and put out to pasture, engineers continue to find more ways to extend the life of this aged infrastructure. Vectoring – perhaps one of the greatest technology enhancements ever developed for the copper network – has removed many of the issues and concerns related to using higher frequencies on copper pairs. This noise-cancel...

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  • The International Timing & Sync Forum (ITSF) comes round every November. This year the setting was Warsaw, Poland, where more synchronization specialists than ever before gathered to exchange the latest ideas and create new synergies. Once again, Oscilloquartz played a key role in the event’s workshops, presentations and showcases. Across the three days, my colleagues and I were able to demonstrat...

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  • In the UK, we have now seemingly adopted the US’s Black Friday following their Thanksgiving holiday, as well as their Cyber Monday retail opportunity. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of capitalism and it represents the onset of the Christmas shopping season, where many deals can be sought. Well, I’m not one to “bah humbug” the opportunity of massive savings, so the wife and I indulged in some online ...

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  • Massive growth in smartphones and video streaming together with the emergence of the IoT, big data and AI, have brought us to the current era of hyperscale data centers. Today nearly half of the world’s data is stored and processed in around 350 of these enormous and highly scalable facilities. But is this trend simply set to continue with the hyperscalers building more and larger data centers eve...

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  • I was in Texas last month at the inaugural Open Optical Conference co-facilitated by PenWell Corporation and Lightwave. There was a particular focus on open optical networking, which gave delegates a chance to discuss the specific characteristics of photonic networks and the impacts of OLS disaggregation. What became clear was that there are very different camps in the open optical networking spac...

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  • For our latest discussion, I chatted with Chad Thompson of Verizon about innovation and transformation. For more articles in this series, please click here. Prayson: Chad, I'm very glad you could take some time to talk with us about the universal CPE (uCPE) project at Verizon. Could you tell us a little bit about how the project got started and what were the drivers? Chad: We’ve been looking at th...

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  • Data centers have become a fundamental part of society and a vital component of most businesses. Today they are connected in increasingly agile and dynamic ways and data center interconnect (DCI) technology is now the driving force for most innovation and investment in the optical networking market. But it hasn’t always been that way. The DCI journey began about 20 years ago and our team at ADVA w...

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  • There is a tremendous amount of buzz about 5G cellular services. Most of the talk is about the great data speeds that the platform will offer. That buzz, of course, is warranted. But the most exciting thing about 5G just may be a change that is not as obvious as speed numbers. At the highest level, 5G is being designed in a use-case-based approach. In the past, the goal of planners was to offer a ...

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  • In recent years, the cold climate of the Nordics has been a hothouse for data center growth and innovation. Businesses across Europe have turned to the Nordics and the Baltics for their data storage and processing needs as the region has proved to have the ideal conditions for IT infrastructure in terms of affordable space, low temperatures, and an abundance of reliable, renewable energy. But ther...

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  • Ensuring the security of sensitive data has become a major concern for governments and global enterprises in all industries. As more businesses migrate to the cloud and big data environments, the task of protecting mission-critical traffic from unlawful interception and hacking becomes increasingly challenging and evermore urgent. Demand for tighter security is coming from enterprise and governmen...

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  • Network transformation and changing subscriber traffic patterns have created new challenges to how service providers offer and deliver services. This, combined with changes in user behavior as demand shifts towards high bandwidth data and video services, requires a change in central office (CO) architectures for better efficiency and agility. COs provide connectivity to the end-user and are distri...

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  • I am about to explain what exactly I mean by the “IoT is so much bigger than your thing.” It’s a realization that has firmly shaken off my stereotypical perspective of the internet of things (IoT). Making our “things” smarter But, before I begin, let me first explain that the IoT is not a technology; rather, it’s a concept used to characterize the many interconnected “smart objects” or things and ...

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  • Disaggregation and breaking up of monolithic systems are supposed to bring flexibility, deliver access to inexpensive products and prevent vendor lock-in. This is why network disaggregation is high on the agenda of cloud and network service providers and why openness as the key catalyst is gaining a lot of interest.  Open interface communities, open protocol initiatives and open source communities...

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The Fall of Innovation

  • It must be something about the autumn air with the leaves falling and the onset of winter where we regularly witness the appearance of new technology. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that Halloween also beckons, as this is a period of transition, encompassing the myth of Samhain and of saying goodbye to our demons whilst beckoning in a new harvest. Treading the Same Groove on That Broken Record I'm co...

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  • With the increasing demand for cloud-based services, internet content providers (ICPs) are pushing forward with the expansion of their data center clusters. Consequently, the need for simple and highly efficient data center interconnectivity (DCI) is growing to ensure that connectivity between metro-regional facilities doesn’t become a bottleneck. Energy usage, space, simplicity and cost effective...

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  • High-profile data breaches are back in the headlines, and it is almost certain that the world has not seen the last of these massive hauls of personal information. But so far, at least, most of these attacks have involved exploiting weakness in local network security systems to swipe information lodged in corporate and cloud-based storage systems, otherwise known as data at rest. Increasingly, how...

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  • 400Gbit/s is right around the corner for data center switching, with significant implications for how data centers get built and connected. Given cloud customers will be the first to deploy this new speed and the technology behind it and the fact that the cloud will be that much larger in two years, we're discussing a massive inflection point for the market and the vendors that serve it. Let's loo...

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  • Network virtualization is the overarching concept for the move to NFV and telco cloud. This evolution hasn’t been easy. Poor performance, high cost and lack of interoperability have all been impediments. Now we’re seeing breakthroughs that are knocking down yesterday’s barriers. In this blog, I describe some requirements for success in this evolution. I also include some success stories about real...

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  • Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) got its start as a way for end users to save money. SD-WAN let users create their own virtual private networks (VPNs) using low-cost broadband connections. Users quickly learned that being their own network operator brought a lot of unwanted complexity and headaches. Now, these same enterprises are asking service providers to offer managed SD-WAN services. (See my ear...

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  • Digital-first companies like Google, Amazon, Netflix, Airbnb, etc. haven’t only disrupted, but downright transformed their respective industries. Consider the success of Uber, which revolutionized the taxi industry, reporting monthly trips in excess of 50 million, without even owning a single vehicle. How did they do it? This was accomplished by combining modern-day machine learning algorithms and...

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  • The internet of things (IoT) is pushing the enterprise network edge to new boundaries. With data soon to be streaming back and forth between legions of user devices across the globe, the edge will blow right past the cloud and even the micro data centers that will foster this widespread connectivity and extend all the way into our homes, businesses and even our bodies. This is causing many telecom...

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  • When trouble hits, people use their phones to call for help, check on the status of friends and family or to let those folks know that they are okay. This is a natural first reaction. The problem is that it can interfere with first responder communications. And that’s not the only problem first responders have. The fragmentary nature of emergency communications means that different types of first ...

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  • The deadline for implementing a new EU directive in financial markets is approaching soon. On January 3, 2018, MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) will come into effect. It will improve transparency for securities markets, investment intermediaries and trading venues in the EU as records from all trading events need to be reported along with a precise timestamp. Trading venues, i...

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The Race to 5G

  • I attended a major industry innovation day in June at the stunning Grosvenor House in London with the alluring headline, Exploration Lights the Way Forward. Punctuating the Day’s Shared Vision The event boasted a smorgasbord of over 200 industry leaders, academics, scientists and researchers, as well as decision makers who will, collectively, shape the future of the ICT industry.  The agenda was t...

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