Wednesday, May 5, 2021

XKL announces 400G transponder systems

XKL announced a 400G transponder system.

With an additional XKL DMD (Mux/Demux), XKL's 400G has demonstrated a capacity of up to 4.8 Terabit (Tb) within a single 1U for the DQT400, another 1U for the DMD, or up to 19.2 Tb of available capacity when stacking four 400G systems through the additional DMD device. 

XKL is expecting to initially release a four (4) port configuration in September 2021, with the 12 port configuration expected shortly after.  

https://www.xkl.com/coming-soon


ADTRAN posts Q1 revenue of $127.5 million


ADTRAN reported Q1 2021 revenue of $127.5 million compared to $114.5 million for the same period a year ago. Net income for the first quarter of 2021 was $0.9 million and earnings per share, assuming dilution, was $0.02 per share. Non-GAAP net income was $6.3 million and non-GAAP earnings per share, assuming dilution, was $0.13 per share. 

ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “Our business continues to be driven by strong demand for our fiber access platforms, in-home service delivery platforms and software platforms with regional service providers across the U.S. and Europe. These service providers increasingly turn to ADTRAN for end-to-end solutions that simplify the deployment of fiber-based broadband services while providing an enhanced subscriber experience. The increased demand for ADTRAN’s solutions was highlighted by record product order bookings in the quarter.”

ADTRAN also announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend for the first quarter of 2021. The quarterly cash dividend of $0.09 per common share is to be paid to the company’s stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 20, 2021. 


Canada's CDPQ acquires 30% stake in American Tower Europe

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) will acquire a 30% stake in ATC Europe as part of a new long-term strategic partnership through a transaction valued at over €1.6 billion.

This implies an enterprise value of more than €8.8 billion for ATC Europe. 

Pursuant to the partnership agreement, American Tower will retain managerial and operational control, as well as day-to-day oversight of ATC Europe, while CDPQ will obtain seats on ATC Europe’s Board of Directors, along with certain governance rights.


Tom Bartlett, American Tower’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased to partner with CDPQ in Europe, where we expect to create tremendous value. CDPQ’s extensive infrastructure experience, deep knowledge of the region and long-term investment philosophy are in close alignment with American Tower’s European strategy, operational excellence and long track record of historical success. This transaction not only contributes to the funding of our pending Telxius acquisition, which will transform our scale and leadership position in highly attractive markets like Germany and Spain, but also creates a solid, adaptable framework through which future expansion opportunities can be evaluated and financed.”

Emmanuel Jaclot, CDPQ’s Executive Vice-President and Head of Infrastructure, said, “Through this new long-term strategic partnership with American Tower, CDPQ is thrilled to play an active role in establishing one of Europe’s largest independent communications infrastructure providers. This dedicated growth platform with a global leader enables us to increase our exposure in key European markets — including Germany, France and Spain — while contributing to the development of critical carrier-neutral telecom networks, at a time where telecommunications needs are more important than ever.”

Ooredoo Kuwait picks Nokia for 5G Fixed Wireless Access

 Ooredoo Kuwait has selected Nokia to supply 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) customer premise equipment.  Ooredoo is using FWA to extend the reach of its fiber network to premises not easily connected with direct fiber lines. This will support the company to significantly increase its fixed broadband customer base across the country.

Ooredoo is now offering the Nokia FastMile 5G Gateway as a premium internet device for residential and business customers.


Nokia’s self-installable 5G FWA gateway incorporates Wi-Fi 6 with self-optimizing mesh technology.

Essa Haider, Director of Network Planning and Design, Ooredoo Kuwait, said: “Fixed broadband is essential for Kuwait’s economic growth and diversification. 5G Fixed Wireless Access is a key component of our strategy and we’re delighted to be partnering with Nokia to provide better coverage, reach and speed.”

Cradlepoint expands 5G enterprise portfolio

Cradlepoint, now a division of Ericsson, introduced its second-generation 5G product portfolio featuring low-band to millimeter-wave solutions. external adapters and integrated 5G routers. Some highlights:

  • R1900 Ruggedized 5G Mobile Router: a built-for-5G mobile router optimized for in-vehicle networks.
  • E3000 5G Enterprise SD-WAN Router:  5G-optimized with a choice of high-speed fiber and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet WAN ports. It has an expansion slot for a second, field-upgradable modem and supports PoE and Captive Modem technology to connect Cradlepoint Wideband 5G Adapters.
  • MC400-5G Modular Modem: The new MC400-5G Modular Model allows Cradlepoint customers to field-upgrade or add a second 5G modem to any Cradlepoint 5G-ready or optimized router. Supported models are the AER2200, IBR1700, E300, E3000, and R1900.
  • W2000/W1850 5G Wideband Adapter (Indoor Unit): The W2000/W1850 indoor units are for low-band and mid-band 5G deployments where a 5G signal is acquirable indoors. Whereas the W2000 is ideal for immediate proof-of-concept and early implementations, the W1850 is the production-optimized version designed for widespread deployments.
  • W2005 5G Wideband Adapter (Outdoor Unit): The W2005 outdoor unit gives customers more flexibility in deploying 5G capacity-layer connectivity for buildings and fixed sites.
  • W4005 5G Wideband Adapter for mmWave (Outdoor Unit): While mmWave 5G promises fiber-fast connections within the urban core, it also demands an outdoor line-of-sight deployment to achieve high-capacity performance. The W4005 is designed explicitly for this mission with multi-gigabit performance and liquid cooling, and it utilizes the latest Qualcomm high-power array antenna with beamforming, steering, and tracking technology.

https://cradlepoint.com/press-release/cradlepoint-unveils-second-generation-5g-product-portfolio-at-its-virtual-global-partner-summit-event/

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Infinera releases metro-optimized 400G pluggable solutions

Infinera announced the availability of metro-optimized 400G pluggable optics-based solutions for its XTM Series and GX Series Compact Modular Platforms.

The new capabilities complement the company’s 600G/800G embedded optics technology, enabling network operators to cost-effectively scale their networks to meet the relentless growth of bandwidth with optimized optical networking solutions from the edge to the core.

The new XTM Series Enhanced 400G Flexponder module and GX Series CHM1R Open ROADM-compliant dual-400G sled will support a broad range of 400G pluggable optics, including 400G XR/ZR+ optics. In addition to point-to-point applications, the XTM and GX will leverage the point-to-multipoint capabilities of XR optics to substantially simplify networks and drive down costs. 

Infinera says the combination of 400G support across both platforms enables network operators to support optimized solutions across both 300 mm- and 600 mm-deep network infrastructure with industry-leading low power and high density.

“The move to 400G in metro/regional optimized DWDM platforms is a major step that we welcome,” said Dave Eddy, Chief Operating Officer at Neos Networks. “Our extensive U.K. network is built on the XTM Series, and 400G capabilities provide Neos Networks with another option for those segments in our network that see the highest demand. We look forward to capitalising on this technology in our network to enable the company to maintain its position of running one of the most advanced optical networks across the U.K.”

“Pluggable optics have always been at the heart of our metro strategy, and over the years we have achieved many industry firsts with the use of pluggable optics in transport platforms,” said Glenn Laxdal, Senior Vice President, Global Product Line Management at Infinera. “Expanding our capabilities to include the latest generation of 400G optics, combined with our industry-leading 600G/800G optics, provides customers with best-in-class solutions to address applications across their networks.”

https://www.infinera.com/press-release/infinera-expands-open-optical-portfolio-to-include-latest-generation-of-400g-pluggable-optics

POST Luxembourg deploys ADVA's FSP 3000 TeraFlex

POST Luxembourg has deployed ADVA's FSP 3000 TeraFlex terminal to boost the capacity of its national core network to support 400GbE client services.  The low-power 1RU ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex leverages software-defined fractional QAM modulation and adaptive baud rate capabilities, determining the best possible capacity and spectral efficiency for each light path.

“ADVA’s compact, plug-and-play technology enables us to ensure high levels of speed and efficiency for our networks while meeting the connectivity needs of both our mobile and enterprise customers,” said Pierre Scholtes, head of telecom networks, POST Luxembourg. “The ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex maximizes the value of our network. It’s enabled us to affordably make the leap to 5G backhaul without adding complexity.”

“By utilizing our FSP 3000 TeraFlex™ to future-proof its backhaul architecture, POST Luxembourg is leading the way in the Benelux region. Our unique solution is now optimizing all optical paths in its network, improving port efficiency, enhancing performance and delivering major opex savings,” commented Hartmut Müller-Leitloff, SVP, sales, EMEA, ADVA. “The key advantage our TeraFlex™ brings is its ability to maximize the transmission capacity for any given fiber link. That enables POST Luxembourg to exploit untapped capacity in its existing infrastructure without the cost of a complete system upgrade. It provides a route to 5G capacity and flexibility without major effort or risk.”

http://www.adva.com

Vodafone and Qualcomm collaborate on O-RAN blueprint

Vodafone and Qualcomm are collaborating on a technical blueprint for more equipment suppliers to adopt Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) technology. The goal is lower the entry barrier for many companies and drive diversification of network equipment vendors. 

The reference design will combine Vodafone’s engineering expertise at building high capacity, large-scale networks with Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in developing high performance and low power Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) solutions for device and infrastructure products. The companies said the collaboration will help ensure Open RAN is ready for use in 5G networks.

The reference designs, powered by Qualcomm® Radio Unit Platform with Massive MIMO capabilities and Qualcomm® Distributed Unit Platform, is expected to be published this year with trials expected to start in the second half of 2022, following detailed software development.

Santiago Tenorio, head of network architecture, Vodafone, said, “Global supply chains need a diverse and vibrant vendor ecosystem to keep them moving in the event of a product shortage or a single supplier having difficulties. Open RAN provides greater supplier diversity by allowing many more small vendors to compete on the world stage. Following the recent launch of our new Open RAN Test and Validation Lab, combining the creativity of Vodafone Engineering with that of our partners, we’re delighted to be partnering with Qualcomm Technologies to give smaller suppliers the best start.”

“Virtualized and Open RAN offer a significant opportunity to make 5G networks more flexible and cost efficient, transforming them into a platform for innovation,” said Dino Flore, vice president, technology, QUALCOMM Europe, Inc. “The collaboration to develop comprehensive solutions from Open RAN RU with MaMIMO capabilities to high performance DU platforms provides an important step forward in speeding up the transition to open, virtualized and interoperable radio access networks.”

T-Mobile US raises guidance as customer count tops 103.4 million

 Total Q1 2021 revenues for T-Mobile US increased year-over-year to $19.8 billion and total service revenues increased year-over-year to $14.2 billion in Q1 2021, driven by the Sprint merger and continued customer growth.

Net income was relatively flat year-over-year at $933 million in Q1 2021, as higher revenues were offset by expense increases as a result of the Sprint merger, including merger-related costs. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) decreased year-over-year to $0.74 in Q1 2021, primarily due to a higher number of outstanding shares as a result of the Sprint merger.

Some highlights for the quarter

  • Net customer additions of 1.4 million. The total customer count increased to a record-high of 103.4 million.
  • Postpaid net customer additions of 1.2 million, eclipsing  the 1 million mark for the 4th consecutive quarter.
  • Postpaid phone net customer additions of 773 thousand. Postpaid phone churn was 0.98%.
  • Postpaid other net customer additions of 437 thousand. 
  • Prepaid net customer additions of 151 thousand in Q1 2021 were the highest in three years and record-low prepaid churn of 2.78% continued to lead the industry.


“T-Mobile puts customers at the center of everything we do by giving them the best network, value and experience all at once – and this quarter’s stellar, industry-leading results prove that they’re noticing,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “We just keep pushing further ahead of the competition. Our network leadership is fueling customer momentum, delivering merger synergies and expanding our addressable markets for growth. We have so much confidence that we are raising 2021 guidance just one quarter into the year. Our mission is to be the very best at connecting customers to their world and we’re delivering on it.”

Arista Networks reported Q1 2021 revenue of $667.6 million, an increase of 2.9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, and an increase of 27.6% from the first quarter of 2020.

GAAP gross margin was 63.7%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 63.9% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 64.7% in the first quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net income of $198.8 million, or $2.50 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $161.7 million, or $2.02 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2020.

“Arista begins the 2021 year with a flying start. Clearly, the focus on our cognitive cloud networking suite is resonating with customers across diverse data sets and applications,” stated Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO of Arista Networks.


https://investors.arista.com/Home/default.aspx

Xilinx posts revenue of $851M, cites strength in wireless and data center


Citing strength in wireless and data center applications, Xilinx posted record revenues of $851 million for its fiscal fourth quarter, up 6% over the previous quarter and an increase of 13% year over year. Fiscal 2021 revenues were $3.15 billion, largely flat from the prior fiscal year.

GAAP net income for the fiscal fourth quarter was $188 million, or $0.75 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $204 million, or $0.82 per diluted share. GAAP net income for fiscal year 2021 was $647 million, or $2.62 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for fiscal year 2021 was $762 million, or $3.08 per diluted share.

“We are pleased with our fourth quarter results as we delivered record revenues and double-digit year-over-year growth in the midst of a challenging supply chain environment,” said Victor Peng, Xilinx president and CEO. “Xilinx saw further improvement in demand across a majority of our diversified end markets with key strength in our Wireless, Data Center and Automotive markets, the pillars of our growth strategy. Our teams have executed well and we remain focused on continuing to meet customers’ critical needs.

https://investor.xilinx.com/investor-relations



Infinera reports Q1 sales of $330.9 million

Infinera reported GAAP revenue of $330.9 million for its first quarter ended March 27, 2021. This compares to $353.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and $330.3 million in the first quarter of 2020.

GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 35.4% compared to 35.7% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 23.3% in the first quarter of 2020. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (7.0)% compared to (1.9)% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and (23.3)% in the first quarter of 2020.

Non-GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(5.5) million, or $(0.03) per share, compared to net income of $16.7 million, or $0.08 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2020, and a net loss of $(36.5) million, or $(0.20) per share, in the first quarter of 2020.

"The first quarter marked another quarter of strong performance. Non-GAAP revenue came in ahead of the mid-point of our outlook with both non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating margin above the high end of our outlook,” said David Heard, Infinera CEO. “I am encouraged by the positive start to 2021 with broad-based demand for our differentiated open optical solutions, and remain confident about the opportunities ahead of us as we continue to manage through the current industry-wide supply chain challenges and ongoing pandemic impact."


https://investors.infinera.com/home/default.aspx

SpaceX completes 26th Starlink launch mission, its 10th for 2021

SpaceX successfully launched its next batch of 60 Starlink satellites aboard a Falcon 9 booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The booster successfully landed on the drone ship in the Atlantic.

It was the 26th Starlink launch mission and the 10th Starlink mission of 2021 all of which used reflown boosters. It was also the 115th launch of a Falcon 9 booster.

The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster used for this launch previously supported launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Iridium-8, and six Starlink missions.

Starlink also confirmed that it has received over 500,000 orders and pre-orders so far.

https://www.spacex.com/launches/

Windstream Enterprise Achieves MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Certification

Windstream Enterprise (WE) has achieved MEF 3.0 SD-WAN services certification for its Fortinet Secure-powered SD-WAN offering. Windstream Enterprise is the first managed service provider to complete multiple MEF SD-WAN certifications.


“Congratulations to Windstream Enterprise on its latest MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification,” said Nan Chen, president of MEF. “Companies who purchase SD-WAN from a certified MEF 3.0 service provider can have confidence they will receive services that conform to MEF’s industry-leading global standards. Companies like Windstream Enterprise understand the value that certification provides—simplified, pre-validated functionality for buyers and simplified, frictionless implementation and partnering.”

“MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification for Fortinet-powered SD-WAN indicates our commitment to delivering best-in-class SD-WAN and to improving the quality and management of Ethernet and IP services for our customers,” said Mike Frane, vice president of product management at Windstream Enterprise. “As demand for hybrid networking continues to grow, these MEF industry standards eliminate confusion regarding SD-WAN service components, core capabilities and concepts.”


Monday, May 3, 2021

Intel to upgrade its New Mexico fab for 3D semiconductor packaging

Intel announced plans to $3.5 billion to equip its New Mexico operations for the manufacturing of advanced semiconductor packaging technologies, including Foveros, its 3D packaging technology.

Foveros advanced 3D packaging technology enables Intel to build processors with compute tiles stacked vertically, rather than side-by-side, providing greater performance in a smaller footprint. It also allows Intel to mix and match compute tiles to optimize for cost and power efficiency. 

“A key differentiator for our IDM 2.0 strategy is our unquestioned leadership in advanced packaging, which allows us to mix and match compute tiles to deliver the best products. We’re seeing tremendous interest in these capabilities from the industry, especially following the introduction of our new Intel Foundry Services. We’re proud to have invested in New Mexico for more than 40 years and we see our Rio Rancho campus continuing to play a critical role in Intel’s global manufacturing network in our new era of IDM 2.0," stated Keyvan Esfarjani, Intel senior vice president and general manager of Manufacturing and Operations.

  • In 2018, Intel first demonstrated a new 3D packaging technology, called "Foveros," which for the first time brings 3D stacking to logic-on-logic integration. Foveros will allow products to be broken up into smaller “chiplets,” where I/O, SRAM and power delivery circuits can be fabricated in a base die and high-performance logic chiplets are stacked on top. 
























U.S. DoD backs Intel for semiconductor packaging tech

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a contract to Intel to enable the U.S. government to access Intel’s state-of-the-art semiconductor packaging capabilities in Arizona and Oregon.The project, which is supported by the DoD's State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integration Prototype (SHIP) program,  is executed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, and administered by the National Security Technology Accelerator.The second phase...





Cologix acquire data center in Silicon Valley

Cologix is in the process of acquiring five-acre data center campus in Santa Clara, California from vXchnge. The purchase is being funded through a combination of equity from Mubadala and an increase to the company's debt facilities.

The Santa Clara data center campus is currently equipped with 9 MW of power, with room to expand by a further 10 MW.

“Silicon Valley continues to have one of the fastest-growing data center markets in the world with strong fiber connectivity to Internet backbones and a growing density of hyperscale on-ramps,” said Cologix CEO Bill Fathers. “This acquisition fits into Cologix’s cloud-first growth strategy by expanding our national footprint into the heart of Silicon Valley, starting with an established interconnection hub. Through this acquisition, we will fulfill our strategic goal of providing total coverage of the U.S. markets with cloud gateways in Ashburn, Silicon Valley, Dallas, Minneapolis, New Jersey, Jacksonville and Columbus, OH – complementing our national coverage of Canada in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.”

Cologix also notes that AT&T, Sprint and Verizon all run long-haul fiber connections on the west side of San Francisco Bay. These fast connections to the Internet backbone work to connect tech businesses from San Francisco in the north to the concentrations of data centers south of the Bay in Santa Clara and San Jose. Newer carriers like Cogent, Electric Lightwave, Lumen, Integra, Level3, M Power, Paxio, Telepacific, XO Communications and Zayo added new fiber following similar paths but also add connections to east Bay Area-suburbs of Berkeley and Oakland in the north, out to the growing eastern suburbs of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore, and circle back southwest to link up to San Jose/Santa Clara. 

  • Cologix is headed by Bill Fathers, was most recently Executive Vice President of Cloud Services at VMware and previously served as President of Savvis, a public data center and cloud infrastructure provider. Bill previously served on the Board of Directors of Ciena, euNetworks and Telx, a leading cross-connection and colocation platform. 

Rockefeller Center picks Boingo to build Wi-Fi 6 network

Rockefeller Center selected Boingo Wireless to design, install and manage a Wi-Fi 6 network across its landmark NYC property which spans 22 acres in the heart of Manhattan.  The network will  deliver connectivity to the venue’s daily visitors, enable enhanced business operations, and set the stage for a high-bandwidth experience for property tenant employees.

Encompassing three city blocks between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas, from 48th to 51st Streets, Rockefeller Center consists of more than seven million square feet spread across 12 buildings featuring world-class shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and office space. For this immense and diverse property, Boingo will launch Wi-Fi 6 connectivity for the indoor and outdoor public spaces.

“Rockefeller Center is New York at its best—architecture, dining, history, culture, business and the arts all colliding within the heart of the city,” said Boingo CEO Mike Finley. “Boingo is a Wi-Fi 6 pioneer, and we’re honored to help power a new generation of connectivity at Rockefeller Center. Our Wi-Fi 6 networks provide the foundation for a host of current and emerging uses from supporting thousands of connected devices to delivering mission-critical business applications, to streaming ultra-high-definition movies or providing touchless health and safety monitoring protocols.”

OpenTelemetry v1.0 promises cloud-native observability

 Version 1.0 of OpenTelemetry, an open source observability project for cloud-native software under the CNCF, has been released. The initial release is focused on tracing stability, which is seen as only the first step towards having one observability framework for trace, metrics, and logs. The top hyperscale cloud providers, application performance monitoring (APM), monitorin

OpenTelemetry aims to standardize the collection of telemetry data from infrastructure, services, and software, then forward this data to a variety of analysis tools. OpenTelemetry is 100% free and open source, and is adopted and supported by Google Cloud, amongst others.

Google said it is "fully embracing the OpenTelemetry standard" to ensure that its customers get the best use of the information collected from any of its cloud-native products. Other companies expressing support include Cisco AppDynamics, Datadog, Dynatrace, New Relic, and Splunk.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/operations/opentelemetry-specification-enables-standardized-tracing?

AT&T ties in with Ericsson's Cradlepoint for 5G SD-WAN

AT&T and Cradlepoint, which is now a division of Ericsson, are expanding their joint 5G offerings for businesses.

The new solutions combine clean-slate-designed Cradlepoint 5G wideband adapters and routers, and its NetCloud Service, with AT&T’s nationwide wireless broadband network, data plans, and an AT&T management option for Cradlepoint devices. 

Cradlepoint's  W-Series Wideband Adapters provide a cloud-managed 5G modem for SD-WAN. Enterprises can use 5G with SD-WAN as a primary connection, to augment a wireline link, or a high-speed failover connection. AT&T offers SD-WAN solutions, including AT&T Wireless Broadband, for virtually any business need with next-generation software in the cloud for enhanced agility, control, and visibility. Together, AT&T and Cradlepoint provide enterprises with multiple options for bringing 5G to SD-WAN.

“AT&T Wireless Broadband plays an essential role in bringing 5G to businesses nationwide,” says Rasesh Patel, Chief Product and Platform Officer, AT&T Business. “Businesses continue to transform and are crucial in building an ecosystem that brings the benefits of 5G to life. So, we’re delivering the tools for businesses to innovate fearlessly and build the foundation for a 5G world.”

“5G is the catalyst to ushering in a fast and agile Wireless WAN that will help transform how enterprise and government organizations generate revenue, streamline operations, and serve customers,” states Ian Pennell, Chief Product Officer at Cradlepoint. “What sets Cradlepoint apart is our cloud-delivered and I.T.-centric NetCloud Service that integrates with existing infrastructures, like VPN and SD-WAN, and provides network admins with the visibility, security, control, and management they need to build and maintain a Wireless WAN.”


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Changing the Rules of the Road with Wireless Wireline Convergence

 by Sally Bament, Vice President of Cloud and Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks

Imagine that network infrastructure is a highway with two parallel roads going in the same direction: one for wireless and the other for wireline traffic. But there’s a big concrete barricade between them, and no one in one lane can see what is happening in the other. Now, let’s say there’s an event that changes the rules of the road, such as the pandemic. Virtually overnight, traffic patterns change wildly. There’s less commuting traffic, as rush hour has virtually disappeared. There’s more big-rig traffic, as consumers switched to a fully digital way of life. And while the big-rig traffic could really benefit from more lanes, jumping the concrete barricade simply is not an option.

When transportation systems are rigid and traffic becomes more complicated and dynamic, what are the options? A rebuild of the physical roadway is one option, but it’s expensive, disruptive and takes far too long. Worse, the same result could occur without the ability to adapt to future traffic patterns. 

Fortunately, when it comes to improving network infrastructure, there’s an easier choice – Wireless Wireline Convergence – a set of standards that turns constrained, siloed systems into a unified stack for service delivery. Put simply, Wireless Wireline Convergence (known as WWC) doesn’t break down siloes, instead, it rewires traffic to rise above them. In other words, WWC supports co-existence, interworking and interoperability – for service providers, that means they finally have flexibility in how, where, and when they move toward convergence.

Service Providers Take a Different Road 

The shift to WWC is coming at the right time as demands on service providers have reached an all-time high, requiring them to deliver seamless connectivity to subscribers as traffic patterns shifted and hit peak levels literally overnight.

After all, Fixed Mobile Convergence (WWC’s predecessor) has its limitations. Although it was designed to bridge services across siloed wireless and wireline infrastructures, Fixed Mobile Convergence failed to gain traction because software was tightly integrated with existing siloed platforms. But now, today’s leading service providers are already working to implement different aspects of WWC. Beyond the obvious advantage of a converged network with respect to operational costs, WWC has the ability to deliver new, differentiated service experiences. 

For example, it unlocks superior connectivity by ushering in a consistent access-agnostic service experience, meaning customers get consistent features across multi-access networks and different customer premises equipment. WWC also delivers improved application experiences by making it possible to aggregate available wireless and wireline bandwidth into one logical link that can improve speed, quality of service and reliability. 

And with so much bandwidth being consumed at the network edge from subscribers, devices and applications, the demand to turn up services even faster at the edge has never been so high. Service providers have responded quickly to manage the surge in traffic while avoiding lagging, downgraded quality, and slower speeds, but this on its own isn’t enough – now WWC helps them offer edge services at an even faster rate. 

All Roads Lead to WWC

It’s an extraordinary time for service providers around the globe as the industry undergoes long-term changes in relation to how they build, design and manage their networks. With these changes, service providers are finally seeing a wide-open road for convergence of wired and wireline services in a single service stack. By taking advantage of WWC, service providers can finally break down the walls separating yesterday’s siloed architectures and build a more versatile, powerful network for the future.

WWC will play an increasingly important role in the evolution of the network access and edge. It will help enable an exhilarating degree of freedom in planning and executing business strategies, including distributing network resources where and when they are needed. As major service providers look to incorporate WWC into their strategies, they’ll soon deliver the perfect “road” to meet their changing traffic needs.