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The rapid growth of Carrier Ethernet (CE) in the past few years may make you wonder: Has it already reached its full potential? What impact industry trends will have on its growth and evolution?
Only time will tell, but here are some predictions:
The networks of tomorrow will need higher speeds than networks of the past.
That’s because new applications are increasing bandwidth needs in fiber optic networks. In addition, cloud computing leads to greater variability in traffic destinations. Customers need new technologies to support communications and dynamic network reconfiguration at higher speeds.
In a blog published last week, I discussed a major trend I am seeing in Carrier Ethernet - that all of the industry's predictions of Ethernet growth and its displacement of legacy technologies are coming true.
However, a second significant trend is that Carrier Ethernet is becoming a commoditized business too soon. Existing innovations in the technology have not been embraced.
Through the work of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and other Ethernet standards supporting bodies, Carrier Ethernet is becoming the dominant transport technology in global telecommunications. This week, the MEF introduced a new suite of certifications for Ethernet equipment manufacturers.
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