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News | 13.03.2023

Gigabit Access Update

Our industry update in March

Our latest industry update is about the evolution of (fixed) Internet access, choosing the right network technology and how the relationship of cloud platform and service providers and ISP's might change in the future.

The future speaks fiber: but which is the best technology standard for your network?

Have you ever wondered why there are so many PON standards and which one is right for your network?

In short, the PON technology you choose must work for all PON-based services (residential, business and mobile). Furthermore, not only the obvious OLT, ONT and optical components should be considered, but all aspects of the deployment. For example, you want to deploy new PON services for your residential customers? Then your choice should be XGS-PON, because this standard delivers the bandwidth you need to delight your customers for at least the next 10 years.

The evolution of Internet access

End users have always opted for the fastest and most reliable broadband connection at the lowest possible price. For many years, fixed Internet access was the obvious choice.

Assets that meet the requirements of both mobile and fixed access are now being used. As advances in mobile have narrowed the gap between the two traditionally separate fixed and mobile delivery models, operators face the challenge of integrating fixed and mobile technologies into the same network.

The challenge now is therefore to create a seamless environment between the two different network types that does not compromise the Quality of Experience (QoE) of the end user.

So that partners do not become competitors: How to make the partnership with your cloud service provider a success!

For Internet and telecommunications operators, the cloud serves two purposes: it enables efficiency gains and growth opportunities.

The development of cloud-based products and services can also open up and leverage new revenue streams. However, as the cloud becomes more important, cloud providers are also in a better position to claim a "piece of the pie." But how can providers reap the benefits of cloud products and services without building direct competitors?

Specifically, cloud partners could become competitors in areas such as edge computing and IoT. But there is also the potential for competition in traditional core business. For example, core network functions and value-added services can increasingly be handled via software instead of dedicated hardware installed in the network. This lowers the entry barriers for cloud providers who want to offer similar - or identical - services.

To minimize this risk, ISPs should leverage their own strengths, namely: infrastructure ownership and control over the network, as well as direct access to end-customers and the ability to offer tailored and individual services. In this way, the right balance can be struck in cloud partnerships - one that brings growth, not competition.