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July 2, 2010  11:57 AM

MIT’s take on optical flow switching: Exaggerated at the edge



Posted by: Tom Nolle
flow switching, Internet architecture, Optical Networking

 An MIT researcher says that the Internet can be made 100 times faster and cheaper at the same time, and while the claim is correct in one sense, it’s a gross exaggeration in another. The idea is that

September 17, 2009  11:50 AM

Alcatel-Lucent’s converged backbone meets carrier needs



Posted by: Tom Nolle
core networks, IP, Optical Networking, Quality of Service

Alcatel-Lucent has announced a converged optical/IP backbone strategy that is aimed at a much more seamless coupling between core routing and core optics, the very thing that service providers have been demanding in RFPs. Further,...


November 20, 2008  8:41 PM

Ericsson develops packet-optical gear for metro surge



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, control plane, Metro Area Networks, Metro Ethernet, MPLS, Network equipment, Optical Networking, PBT, Routers, Switches

Ericsson is fielding a line of packet optical gear designed to address the expected surge in metro networking. The new products will support a T-MPLS control plane, but Ericsson plans to upgrade to the more modern MPLS-TP and is also considering PBT (PBB-TE).

Metro capacity may be driven...


January 4, 2008  8:59 PM

Verizon’s FiOS plans cause more cable angst



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Cabling, IP services, Optical Networking, Triple play services

Verizon's FiOS plans in 2008 include obtaining some franchises in major metro centers and increasing its HD channel count to 150, both of which are likely to cause further angst for the cable companies. In the former area, Verizon faces the issue of efficient delivery to multiple dwelling units...


September 24, 2007  9:17 PM

Verizon FiOS moving to all-IPTV platform?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Optical Networking

September 24 2007: Light Reading reports that Verizon will be moving FiOS to an all-IPTV platform within three years, quoting company sources, but we strongly doubt that statement. We have heard nothing to suggest that Verizon is eager to follow in AT&T's footsteps, and we...


September 14, 2007  3:49 PM

Packet optical networking destined for bigger growth



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Metro Ethernet, Optical Networking

September 14 2007: Heavy Reading reports that tremendous growth is expected in packet optical networking, and for once we think they may be even a bit conservative in terms of volume. Packet optical networking is a broad range of stuff that represents non-SONET transport, and one...


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