Google Fiber’s Brewing Little Secret Exposed: It’s GPON!

Erik Keith

Erik Keith

Summary Bullets:

  • Google Fiber’s use of GPON, instead of active/P2P Ethernet FTTH, while somewhat shocking at first, is not surprising upon further examination, as GPON provides operators with a more cost-effective approach to delivering Gigabit services.
  • GPON provides tremendous advantages over Ethernet FTTH thanks to statistical multiplexing of data traffic over the access network.  In fact, several key operators offering Gigabit services selected GPON over Ethernet FTTH for this very reason.

Last week, Google Fiber made another big pronouncement that it has added 34 more cities in nine U.S. metro areas to its list of potential new fiberhoods.  This, of course, generated a massive amount of publicity for Google Fiber in the U.S. and globally.  In the meantime, across the Atlantic, the FTTH Council Europe held its annual conference in Stockholm, Sweden, where we learned that the Google Fiber network is not Ethernet FTTH, but (drum roll, please)…GPON! Read more of this post

NEC, NetCracker, Cricket Wireless and AT&T: SDN Trials and Trap Doors into Tier-1 Build-Outs?

Jason Marcheck

Jason Marcheck

Isn’t it nice when people do what you say?  Maybe it’s the parent in me, but it just feels nice when your guidance seems to go somewhere.

No sooner did I suggest in a recent Professional Services advisory report that NEC and NetCracker should starting talking more about their joint projects than the parent company issued a press release detailing an SDN trial in conjunction with its NetCracker subsidiary.  Now, whether we should split hairs and call this an SDN or NFV trial is fodder for another blog.  For my part, I’m thinking that this either points to my own clairvoyance or is just a supreme coincidence… though I suppose it’s probably the latter.  Joking aside, the much more interesting aspect is that this is far from the only part of the release which invites conjecture.  Actually, it appears to be full of fruit ripe for juicy gossip. Read more of this post

Software and Services Marketing Circa MWC 2014: Putting a Sexy Spin on Writing New Code

Jason Marcheck

Jason Marcheck

I’m writing this on Valentine’s Day, and as we know, this day is all about the people in your life that you care about.  In the run up to MWC this year, then, the professional and managed services marketing teams at a bunch of major vendors are making the nerds in the dark offices and backrooms feel the love.  I’ve sat in on a number of pre-briefings and webcasts this week, and it is beginning to appear that a key theme at this year’s event is going to be software and services.  In particular, I am willing to bet a box of chocolates and a dozen overpriced roses that software in support of enhanced services offerings is going to dominate the proceedings in many respects. Read more of this post

Mobile World Congress 2014: What Operators Should Look For – LTE-Advanced

Peter Jarich

Peter Jarich

Summary Bullets:

  • With nearly every network vendor gathered in one place, Mobile World Congress represents the best opportunity for operators to track network R&D evolutions
  • As LTE-A moves into a commercial phase, operators need to pay special attention to vendor messaging
  • Regardless of the themes dominating LTE-A messaging, operators need to track platform evolutions, how high-order MIMO will get deployed and the integration of Het Net and small cell messaging

In the run-up to Mobile World Congress, we’ve already seen a good deal of vendor messaging; to get ahead of all the press release noise (and legitimate messaging) that will bombard us in just over a week, vendors are trying to get their launches and strategic initiatives out early.  It’s something we’ve recommended for years.  If nothing else, it provides carriers with an opportunity to plan their MWC time better.  Read more of this post

Mobile World Congress 2014: What Operators Should Look For – Managed/Professional Services

Jason Marcheck

Jason Marcheck

With SDN and NFV expected to dominate the proceedings again at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year, it is only fitting to kick off this year’s managed/professional services look ahead with… well, SDN and NFV.  Overall, the themes at this year’s show should be somewhat well worn on the surface, but with a decidedly bigger, shiner engine once one looks under the hood.  With that in mind, let’s get right to it. Read more of this post

Mobile World Congress 2014: What Operators Should Look For – OSS/BSS

Ron Westfall

Ron Westfall

Summary Bullets:

  • OSS/BSS suppliers will use MWC 2014 to highlight how they can support operators in winning the customer experience battle against players such as Apple and Google.
  • OSS/BSS suppliers will look to tout the expansion of their portfolios in areas such as mobile optimization to solve major operator pain points related to customer experience.

The high-profile presence of OSS/BSS suppliers at Mobile World Congress yields an additional proof point that the show has become more universal in nature for the telecommunications industry, and not just a mobile show per se.  Clearly, mobile platforms, devices and services will exercise ever more influence than before in the evolution of the service enablement ecosystem including operator adoption of OSS/BSS apps. Read more of this post