What do the following have in common: Chattanooga, Hong Kong, Singapore and (soon) Tallinn (to save you Googling, that’s the capital of Estonia) ?
What’s behind this trend? The main driver is undoubtedly marketing. The vast majority of residential users don’t really need 10 Gb/s, but operators that provide it get a competitive advantage. However, there is a user aspect to it as well.
Of course, it’s continuing advances in technology that are enabling these speeds. This year saw ITU approval for XGS-PON, a new standard directly inspired by Nokia’s innovation that extends TWDM with fixed-wavelengths. Building on this new technology and our vast experience in fiber, Nokia now has a solution that converges various 10G technologies onto one platform, giving fiber operators an opportunity to choose the right 10G service at the right cost: symmetrical or asymmetrical, tunable or fixed optics. They can start with a cost-effective solution for 10G services and have a future-proof upgrade path to TWDM-PON.
At the FTTH Council Americas conference in June 2016, Guy McCormick, VP of technology engineering for Cox Communications, mentioned in his keynote speech that Nielsen’s law, which forecasts commercial broadband speeds, has served us well for the last 20 years. But the recent market trends go above the Nielsen line. McCormick questioned whether this is one time offset or the beginning of a new trend. That remains to be seen.
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