The globe is shrinking. IP traffic is exploding.
Bandwidth is being gobbled up.
According to the US Department of Communications, today, in the U.S. alone,
there are approximately 50 national IP backbone networks and more than 5,000
regional IP backbones and ISPs. Leading industry analysts expect the European
WDM market for terrestrial optical transport to increase significantly by 2004.
They also predict a growth rate of 50 percent per year through 2004 in the Asia-Pacific
fiber optics equipment market. CIR Statistics anticipates the fiber to the home/curb/building
and in-building market will grow into the billions by 2004.
The first challenge is how to simultaneously maintain, grow and change
the existing network to meet the demands for high performance and customer service.
The second question then becomes: how to transition that massive bandwidth into
revenue generating services?
Additional research indicates there are two major forces shaping the networking
infrastructure of the future: the phenomenon of wireless communications meeting
the Internet Generation...and the first casualty is going to be infrastructure
As data services become more prevalent and complex, the need for speed has
never been greater. Existing solutions don't scale with functionality: TDM systems
are locked to the SONET rates and are difficult to provision. ATM switches don't
support Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces and have not scaled to OC48 and OC192. IP
routers lack Quality of Service (QoS) and don't support native voice or other
real time circuits.
Delivering the next generation of communications services will require a robust,
dynamic, efficient network characterized by speed, reliability and flexibility.
Data such as Email, graphics, web pages, and streaming video will all need to
be delivered, along with standard voice services, anywhere, anytime, to any
portal. It is recognized and agreed that the network architecture required to
support this new generation of services will be dramatically different from
anything in existence today. It is also recognized and agreed that the only
transport mechanism capable of supplying the virtually unlimited bandwidth required
to support these future services is an Optical Network.