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Ryan McCowan, fiber access product manager for ADTRAN, recently participated in an UBB2020 webinar on mobilizing SD-Access with 10G PON. Having some prior knowledge of the subject at hand, I still find different points of view to be very informational as I continue to track these emerging technologies. Items I found particularly interesting were:

  • By applying modern data center principles to an access network, agility is created to support user-driven service delivery
  • Low latency is a key tenant for delivery PON services in support of the emerging 5G standard
  • Network elasticity provides the ability to right size a network instantly, but also provides flexibility like Fixed Access Network Sharing
  • NG-PON2 is an ideal physical layer technology for taking full advantage of an SD-Access architecture

The webinar is archived on the UBB2020 site for on demand listening, I encourage you to check it out!

There is a lot of talk about software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). But so far, the discussion has largely left out the access networks — mobile, broadband, and voice connections to the customer — which are crucial to building a full SDN and NFV platform. What exactly is required to build software-defined access (SD-Access)?

What good are SDN and NVF if they are incompatible with the technology that connects to the customer? Billions of customers worldwide require a connection to the first hop in the network, known as the last mile, which means that somewhere there is a piece of technology that must connect to the network from the customer premises, a device known as customer premises equipment (CPE).

To rapidly roll out new NFV services that can be controlled on an end-to-end basis, service providers need an open SD-Access platform that integrates with NFV. This platform needs to be open, flexible, and programmable, enabling configuration of the underlying access hardware to be made via software.

There is a huge trend underway in technology: The move from pipelines to platforms. Platforms have displaced pipelines to take the business world by storm – whether it’s a video platform such as YouTube or a housing platform such as Airbnb. The same trend is taking hold in the telecom world, where service providers need to respond by building open platforms for the telco cloud.

Let’s start defining pipelines vs. platforms. The concept has been described by authors Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Geoffrey G. Parker, and Sangeet Paul Choudary in the book, Platform Revolution, as well as in an article published in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) last year, titled, “Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy.” A pipeline, according to the authors, creates value by controlling linear activities in a value chain. Think of the way you buy a cable service, then get a cable box, then buy movies from the cable company. Platforms, on the other hand, connect producers and consumers with a higher value exchange. An example is the Apple App Store.

The most successful services today, whether it’s the iPhone, Netflix, or Airbnb, are platform models that have created rich ecosystems that deliver a huge amount of value toconsumers. The platform gives the consumer a tool to get access to what they want whenever they want it.

Introducing DynamicSteering – Band/Client Steering, Load Balancing and Sticky Client Prevention Technology

The diversity of today’s client device types has grown far and wide from Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) to Internet of Things (IOT) to Augmented/Virtual Reality with each its own unique connectivity and roaming decision making behaviors. Ensuring an exceptional Wi-Fi end user experience is challenging – especially when client devices, with their limited view of the network, are ultimately in charge of the decision of what access point (AP) to connect to, when to roam and at what speed.

ADTRAN’s Ronan Kelly looks at the European Commission’s objectives for a new telecoms framework, to be met by 2025. Mr Kelly, who is also president of the FTTH Council Europe, discusses what this framework covers and how it might affect UK households.

Political leaders have a fine line to tread when it comes to declaring their policy ambitions for future broadband rollout. Businesses and individuals expect to hear about faster speeds, and more widespread availability. The service providers who will deliver it need to champion realistic expectations, preferably under a regulatory regime that offers complete certainty.

You can’t blame the European Commission for trying to set the bar high. In its latest European commission broadbanddraft proposal published in September, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker has set out a more nuanced set of aspirations than we’ve seen before. Geared to the year 2025, the new strategy supersedes earlier targets for 2020, and should begin its passage through the European Parliament imminently. All being well, it could be adopted by early 2018.

You have probably heard by now that enterprise grade 802.11ac chipsets from the chipset manufacturers such as Qualcomm and Broadcom have been arriving on the market in what has been dubbed “waves” or phases. Enterprise wave 1 11ac access points started shipping in the second half of 2013 and the majority of the 11ac access points on the market today can be considered wave 1. What have been called wave 2 802.11ac access points started shipping in the second half of 2015 but full featured versions weren’t expected until the 2nd half of 2016.

We are excited to announce the ADTRAN Bluesocket vWLAN software release 2.9 is now available. You can find links to download software and release notes here. If you are not signed up for software notifications in our support community, sign up here. This is, of course, the same technology that powers ProCloud for Wi-Fi so look for it in your next scheduled automatic upgrade.

2016 on many fronts has been a year of turmoil. A year that has brought lots of uncertainty, lots of fear, lots of change.

As we enter the 2017, we are faced with a different landscape, one which will see changes in the economic rules of engagement with other European nations, and likely the United States. In this new era, in order to preserve competitiveness, it is vital that the leaders of nations recognise the importance of the next wave of digital infrastructure. Success or failure in the digital economy is what will make or break the economies of the future.

Are you getting the most out of your network today? What if I ask that question in five years? At the speed technology is currently progressing, the network you deployed last year, or are deploying now, will be out of date before your current class of freshmen graduate. What if there was a way to protect your investment, affording you the opportunity to upgrade as new technologies enter the marketplace and ensuring your network can handle the demands of 21st century learning?

With beginnings going back to antiquity, fencing is one of only a handful of sports which has been part of every modern Olympic Games. Conjuring up memories of The Three Musketeers and medieval knights, the sport of fencing is practiced by both young and old, with many colleges and universities fielding teams, along with many individuals practicing their craft.

This year’s Veterans (age 50+) World Championships were held from October 10-16 in Stralsund, Germany, hosting 700 participants and thousands of fans from around the world. As with every sporting event, fans expected to be able to share their experience while at the venue.

Have you ever heard the quote, “What got you here, won’t get you there”? With all the changes happening today, we should really be examining how and what this can mean to our businesses sooner than later. As humans, we can tend to view change with an air of concern or fear, rather than embracing it and looking at the opportunities and advantages that it can bring to our lives.

Brexit is a good example. Following the surprise vote for Britain to exit the European Union, I saw multitudes of news outlets and scores of tweeters announcing the end was coming. When did we get so fearful of change instead of embracing the value that it can potentially bring to our businesses?