Big Need for MPLS-TP?

August, 2014

At the service providers across the globe, the most widespread and native selection is MPLS and not MPLS-TP. The former has broader acceptance, superior interoperability, and operational intimacy for the engineering folks. In Asia, particularly China, MPLS-TP has taken off in a big way. While some industry observers view that part of the world as exceptionally unpredictable and may suggest that “TP” could even be replaced, it seems that at least one of the large Chinese operators has such a critical mass of deployment that such a move is not imaginable. On its face, one would think customers should want to go with MPLS-TP over MPLS because the former is a newer version. Ordinarily, any supplier that would happen to start product development from scratch would definitely be inclined to begin in the “TP” direction. Theoretically, MPLS-TP should be a slam-dunk in a greenfield...

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Bastardization of “All-IP” by Orange?

July, 2016

The marketization and politicizing of science can result in dire consequences, such as in environmental matters. While the ramifications may be less important in communications, such as the meaning of Ethernet being a moving target over time or with Luxtera being the only vendor to provide actual silicon photonics, albeit only for parallel singlemode, stretching the definition of basic scientific terminology, at a minimum, results in unnecessary confusion in the industry. In a Light Reading post in June, Orange appears to be discussing “all-IP” in a marketing context, not in a technical one. It is almost as if the headline could have been, “Stop the Presses – Orange Discovers Massive Number of Synchronous Optical Elements in its Network.” Of course, even with past projections by service providers years ago about moving to “all-IP,” which turned out to be inaccurate, there...

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Ciena/Packet Design: First-Rate Acquisition

September, 2018

While Ciena’s historic record for acquiring companies has left a lot to be desired, its most recent buyout of Packet Design was a shrewd move. In contrast, Infinera, which at quite a late date, ostensibly was forced to pick up a struggling firm with a lot of incumbent roots, despite the continuing insistence by the only PIC-centric supplier that it possessed a leading-edge solution. Conversely, Ciena’s purchase of the Nortel’s assets to save itself was about nine years ago, and it is becoming even clearer to us that our expectation for a while will come to pass that along with Huawei, the two firms are set to end up ultimately dominating the international optical system market, especially on the terrestrial side. Yet, despite Ciena’s strengthening position in the space, the leadership still cannot seem to avoid making remarks that defies credulity. Verizon’s next-generation...

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