The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Ethernet last month ahead of its quarterly meeting in San Diego. Ethernet’s father, Bob Metcalfe, presided as Metro Ethernet Forum President Nan Chen announced certification of 20 companies whose products passed rigorous testing for Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0.
Mobile Backhaul at International CTIA Wireless 2011
March 22 - 24, 2011
Backhaul is the glue that binds local access points to carrier networks. The all new Mobile Backhaul Pavilion at the CTIA Wireless 2011 show will bring together wireless and wireline technologies at North America’s largest telecom show in a way that has never been done before! Expect to see the latest technologies exhibited - from next-gen, IP/Ethernet wireline to microwave backhaul solutions.
Network equipment maker Ciena Corp said it expects strong growth in cloud computing and higher use of smartphones, and forecast stronger-than-expected revenue for the current quarter.
Ciena (Hanover, MD, USA) shares jumped as much as 15.5 percent on the Nasdaq on Thursday morning. Shares of rival Finisar Corp (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) were up 5 percent while those of Juniper Networks Inc (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) were up about 1 percent.
First generation Carrier Ethernet already dominates WAN equipment revenue, and now Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is making it easier for Carriers to meet and exploit the demand that Carrier Ethernet has already fuelled
Ten years ago The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) was founded to develop and promote a new generation of Ethernet called Carrier Ethernet. Since then Carrier Ethernet has transformed WAN and enterprise connectivity as well as providing an infrastructure to fuel soaring user expectations for mobile applications.
Mobile broadband revenues are forecast to grow at an annual rate of 19.2% and generate $122.9 billion in incremental revenue between 2013 and 2016 in new research from Ovum.
Despite these impressive gains, overall operator revenues are forecast to increase little over the next five years from a 2012 estimate of about $2 trillion.
US operator XO Communications (Herndon, USA) has launched a high-speed network in Canada, looking to capitalize on the growing demand for enterprise telecoms services.
The company says a network is now up and running in Toronto, where it can offer high-speed network services to enterprise and wholesale customers.
When it comes to business connectivity, Ethernet's central driver continues to be its ability to meet growing bandwidth demands at lower cost and with greater flexibility than competing legacy services. Applications vary from wireless backhaul and basic Internet connections to delivering enterprise applications and providing access to cloud infrastructure. That translates into a big revenue opportunity for communications service providers (CSPs) – if they can provide the right level of customer satisfaction.
As the Chinese government steps up ‘Broadband China’, its program to provide high-speed broadband connections to more than 250 million households in urban and rural locations by 2015, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has signed an agreement with China Telecom to deploy its IP/MPLS 7750 Service Router (SR) portfolio.
The projected growth for the global Ethernet market is 13% CAGR to $USD 47 billion by 2016 (Ovum) and confirms a good long-term prognosis for Carrier Ethernet. With the Ethernet market continuing to grow, becoming more ubiquitous and accessible for everyone, Ethernet continues to be a bright spot in the telecoms market.