The Gigabit – Are you Ready?

Is your network ready for the Gigabit? Eddy Vergauwen from Nokia Fixed Networks Services Marketing, walks us through his thoughts on preparing for next generation networks.

Eddy Vergauwen
Eddy Vergauwen

Sure the hype for gigabit services has been around for years, but with new new ultra-broadband applications and services entering the market every day, analysts now predict that the number of gigabit subscribers could hit upwards of 100 million1 by 2020. Hype has now become reality and if you’re not ready, you may find yourself losing subscribers to your competitors.

To remain competitive operators are upgrading networks and taking advantage of next generation technologies such as XGS-PON, TWMD-PON, and DOCSIS 3.1 that can provide the added bandwidth, deployment and service flexibility needed to meet the growing demand for Gigabit services.

However, knowing what technology to select and how to deploy it can be complex.

One wrong move can mean the difference between making the business case work or a host of potential complex upgrade issues, roll-out complications and integration challenges that can slow or even halt a service provider or cable MSO’s ability to upgrade. To say it’s challenging is an understatement especially when you factor in the number of unknown technologies and end-customer demands that dot today’s market landscape.

“A recent network transformation survey we conducted with service providers and cable MSO’s confirmed they face numerous network transformation challenges, such as choosing the best technology strategy and understanding its impact on future upgrades, identifying new revenue opportunities and meeting rollout targets and network optimization goals,” said Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at Ovum.

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To identify and avoid potential issues associated with each phase of the network upgrade process across planning, deployment and operations, operators may feel like they need a crystal ball to successfully see and prepare for the future, but there is another way and it doesn’t require a fortune teller or crystal ball. 60 minutes of your time at this year’s Broadband World Forum is all it would take.

On Tuesday, October 18th from 10:40 – 11:40 in the 2020 Future Network Theater, Nokia and Ovum will be running a session that will showcase the three steps you can take to better prepare for the network transformation the future requires. The session will look at the various drivers for broadband access network transformation, the main challenges facing operators today and industry best practices to evolve and optimize your network while ensuring a predictable outcome for your broadband evolution project relative to cost, quality and time-to-market.

You’ll also learn how you can reduce rollout errors by a factor of three, cut time-to-market in half and maximize ROI. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s session.

3 Steps to Transforming Fixed Networks
2020 Future Network Theatre
Tuesday, October 18
10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Nokia will be demonstrating its latest innovations at Broadband World Forum which starts next week at London’s ExCel Convention Centre. Limited free visitor passes are still available so apply now to avoid disappointment.



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