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Article: Broadband Services

Note: This is an archived article that appeared in the Teracom newsletter December 2002, and this article has not been updated to reflect technology developments since then.

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Broadband technologies based on fiber optics, Dense Wave Division Multiplexing, Ethernet, ATM and IP are being deployed as you read this.
In many cases, the equipment is being bought and deployed by common carriers offering high-capacity "backbone" connectivity to large corporate customers such as Boeing and Intel. Another set of customers for these services are regional Internet Service Providers.

Over the next year or two, prices will begin dropping and these "broadband" technologies and services will become mainstream, used by government departments, schools, large, medium and small businesses -- and eventually residential customers.

Just as people used to think that T1s were "high speed" at 1.5 Mb/s, soon people will be thinking of services like Gigabit Ethernet VLAN and IP services that are 1,000 times faster when the term "high-speed backbone" is mentioned.

Many people in the past have taken our training to learn about T1s. Now it's time to get up to speed on optical networking and broadband technologies and services.

Teracom's Course 110: IP, VoIP and MPLS for the Non-Engineering Professional is the ideal way to get up to speed on fiber optics, wavelengths, optical switches, carrier-grade network equipment and broadband services. Don't be left behind! Join us today for this career-enhancing and cost-saving knowledge.

In case you thought I was making this up, here are snippets of press releases:

Nov 19, 2002 - BEIJING -– Nortel Networks [NYSE/TSX: NT] announced today that it has deployed Optical Ethernet solutions that enable the delivery of high-speed broadband services to Chinese customers in Beijing, capital of China, and in Qingdao, a coastal city in East China's Shandong Province.

Capinfo Company Limited, an Internet application service provider backed by the Beijing Municipal Government, has installed Nortel Networks Passport* 8600 Routing Switches to provide e-Government, e-Commerce and other Internet services over a fiber infrastructure. Nortel Networks also provided Passport 8600 switches to help China Netcom Qingdao Branch to expand its Internet Protocol (IP) wide area network (WAN) for delivery of high-performance Internet access and virtual private local area networks (LANs).

“Nortel Networks continues to harness the power of the high-performance Internet for customers in China,” said Yuan-Hao Lin, acting president, Nortel Networks China. “With deployment of the two new broadband metro projects, we are helping to bring the benefits of the Optical Ethernet directly into China's cities and metro environments, creating a new market framework that will allow residential and business users to adopt new high-speed services and applications.”

Oct 14, 2002 -- Nortel Networks (NT) today announced that SBC Services, Inc., an affiliate of SBC Communications Inc. (SBC) , has signed a multi-year amendment agreement to purchase Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5100 Multiservice Platform for its network.
By utilizing this multi-protocol platform, SBC can expand its revenue generating managed wavelength services including high-speed Optical Ethernet and storage services throughout its 13-state territory.

This agreement builds on a contract SBC signed with Nortel Networks last year to support its Multi-Service Optical Networking (MON) service using Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200. The addition of Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5100 will enable SBC to make further enhancements to its network infrastructure to support a broader range of services such as storage area networking (SAN) and Gigabit Ethernet.

"Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5000 Multiservice Platform will position us to cost effectively and seamlessly transition our network to become more wavelength enabled," said Bob Walters, executive director, Metro Data Services, SBC. "We selected Nortel Networks for this reason, and because we're confident in the company's experience in network integration, operational systems and understanding of the SBC network."

"Using OPTera Metro 5000 Multiservice Platform, SBC can leverage the inherent shared infrastructure capabilities, enabling it to expand its addressable market beyond large companies and reach out to midsize enterprises," said Brian McFadden, president, Optical Networks, Nortel Networks. "With this agreement, SBC has demonstrated its commitment to wavelength services as a service offering to deliver revenue-generating Optical Ethernet and broadband optical services."

OPTera Metro 5100 is designed for smaller bandwidth requirements that extend wavelengths to the customer premise effectively. OPTera Metro 5200 is a higher scale, survivable platform for metropolitan access and interoffice applications. Strong connection management and ring-to-ring interconnection enable seamless interworking between wavelengths originating on OPTera Metro 5100s located on customer premises and core OPTera Metro 5200s.

T1s are 1950s-era technology. It's time to learn about these next-generation "broadband" services coming soon to a telco / ISP near you.

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