Dec
05

Frequency Division Vectoring (FDV): What it is, and Why it will Matter (Part 2 of 3)

We’ve talked before about while Fiber is the end game for service providers around the world, depending on your location or geography, it may not be the most practical solution. As a result, we’ve seen advancements in DSL technologies over the last 10 to 15 years that have pushed the voice and data service launch point much closer to the customer and significantly boosted broadband speeds.  The latest of these technologies, G.fast, will take this even further by delivering near Gigabit speeds over existing phone wiring.  Practically speaking, however, what does this really mean?  If I know FTTH access is where I need to get to, what will these technologies do to help me get there?

Getting more out of the Cabinet

Network operators have invested heavily in Fiber-to-the-Cabinet (FTTCab) construction in recent years, deploying as many as 10 – 20x cabinets for every central exchange they managed.  This not only required the capital to construct these outside plant (OSP) DSL platforms, but there was also an investment in intellectual capital as well. Processes and procedures needed to be created and defined to turn up and maintain broadband services launched from these cabinets. In the end, there has been a lot of time, money and effort put into the infrastructure that no service provider will willingly or easily walk away from.

The new G.fast standard builds off the FTTCab investment that service providers have already made, but takes a different deployment approach. Due to the very short copper access lines needed to support very high service rates, the services launch point again moves closer to the customer but this time from the cabinet to the copper wiring distribution point (dp). The deployment strategy is known as Fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp), and while it requires further investment before 500Mbps or more service rates can reach an area, the cost is still significantly less than a full blown FTTH access upgrade.

Something in between?

Frequency Division Vectoring (FDV) is a super-vectoring technology that allows incumbent telcos to once again go back to the well and squeeze more premium services supporting bandwidth out of their FTTCab deployments. Just like they have done for decades they will do what they have gotten pretty good at doing – add a new card to an existing street cabinet, send out a new low cost modem and keep customers by staving off cable and wireless service providers for another few years while they shore up their FTTH plans and budgets.

FDV can be used to double the vectored VDSL2 rate to deliver 200 – 300Mbps service rates and extend the service reach up to 40% further. It takes advantage of the shorter copper loops that are too short for VDSL2 vectoring technology to use to any meaningful effect, and are too long for G.fast technology to leverage. This is generally 200 – 400 meter copper loops. These shorter copper loops extended from more deeply deployed street cabinets are common in throughout Central Europe and makes a cabinet sitting in “no man’s land” a means to deliver premium broadband services.

Ultimately, FDV cleverly combines VDSL2 and G.fast to produce an improved performance. A performance that is near that of full spectrum G.fast, but is not handicapped by having to vacate the lower frequencies reserved for the previously deployed VDSSL2 services. This allows G.fast technology to be deployed in existing FTTCab installations rather than to-be-constructed-FTTdp-installations by removing the 80% – 90% performance tax levied by existing VDSL2 services.

Now that we’ve looked at some of the challenges in the market and the technologies that have emerged to address those challenges, in our next installment we’ll explore what this means for service providers and the business opportunities ahead.

Kurt Raaflaub, a 20-year telecom veteran, has global responsibility for directing ADTRAN’s carrier networks solutions marketing activities.

 

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Nov
25

Delivering Premium Broadband without Paying a Premium (Part 1 of 3)

Network operators have plans to support the massive broadband speeds required to fuel current and future innovative applications for homes, businesses and mobile devices – and that plan relies heavily on connecting fiber into buildings.

Conventionally, the telecom access network has been one built upon twisted copper pairs that connect the buildings in which we live and work. Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) is the vision of every telecom/datacom service provider, but this is a long term goal that requires a large capital investment and significant resource planning.

The vast majority of the expense in upgrading a building or network from copper to fiber is the fiber deployment itself. Digging is labor intensive and expensive. While fiber splicing technics and micro trenching all help reduce the cost per home, geography also plays a significant role.

Europe is filled with historic, cobblestone-laden streets where pulling and trenching fiber means an extra few hundred Euros per fiber-connected home. As a result, many service providers have made the calculated decision to maximize the bandwidth of the buildings’ already-existing copper connection. This explains the relative prevalence of newer digital subscriber line (DSL) technologies being used by all the big telecom operators, especially when compared to North America.

In our next installment, we’ll take a closer look at those DSL technologies, and why they are becoming an important part of a service providers FTTH and Gigabit service delivery strategy.
 

Kurt Raaflaub, a 20-year telecom veteran, has global responsibility for directing ADTRAN’s carrier networks solutions marketing activities.

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Nov
25

Delivering Premium Broadband without Paying a Premium (Part 1 of 3)

Network operators have plans to support the massive broadband speeds required to fuel current and future innovative applications for homes, businesses and mobile devices – and that plan relies heavily on connecting fiber into buildings.

Conventionally, the telecom access network has been one built upon twisted copper pairs that connect the buildings in which we live and work. Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) is the vision of every telecom/datacom service provider, but this is a long term goal that requires a large capital investment and significant resource planning.

The vast majority of the expense in upgrading a building or network from copper to fiber is the fiber deployment itself. Digging is labor intensive and expensive. While fiber splicing technics and micro trenching all help reduce the cost per home, geography also plays a significant role.

Europe is filled with historic, cobblestone-laden streets where pulling and trenching fiber means an extra few hundred Euros per fiber-connected home. As a result, many service providers have made the calculated decision to maximize the bandwidth of the buildings’ already-existing copper connection. This explains the relative prevalence of newer digital subscriber line (DSL) technologies being used by all the big telecom operators, especially when compared to North America.

In our next installment, we’ll take a closer look at those DSL technologies, and why they are becoming an important part of a service providers FTTH and Gigabit service delivery strategy.
 

Kurt Raaflaub, a 20-year telecom veteran, has global responsibility for directing ADTRAN’s carrier networks solutions marketing activities.

Permanent link to this article: http://carrier.adtran.com/delivering-premium-broadband-without-paying-a-premium-part-1-of-3/

Mar
30

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As the final post to a 3-part blog series validating what I’ll label as “over the top” partner-value of ProCloud Wi-Fi, let’s direct our attention to the final three, of the promised 10 reasons (see ProCloud Wi-Fi Part One, ProCloud Wi-Fi Part Two) ADTRAN’s ProCloud Wi-Fi is unequivocally the best channel solution to build a wireless practice around. With a guaranteed 99.99% uptime and proactive 7×24 monitoring, ADTRAN’s “no worry” managed, business-class Wi-Fi service will be your best business decision you’ll make in 2014. Why? Because you’ll quickly discover how easy it is to become a leading wireless infrastructure expert with ProCloud Wi-Fi in your respective market(s). Drum roll please; here we go – and the final three of the ten incredible reasons that ProCloud Wi-Fi is the absolute best channel partner solution for wireless infrastructure are;

 

  1. ProCare Help Desk; ADTRAN is the only managed wireless infrastructure provider to offer channel partners a round-the-clock, 24×7 help desk service on behalf of your customer, or your customer’s customer or guest when they’re experiencing wireless connectivity issues. If your customer wants to direct guests and clients to a “first response” help desk for wireless connectivity and usage questions, but neither you nor they have ample resources or manpower to staff one, then ADTRAN’s ProCare Help Desk is a perfect solution.  As part of our award-winning ProServices portfolio, resellers can address hospitality, education, retail and other SMB sectors to capture new revenue opportunities and improve end-user satisfaction by offloading help desk support to ADTRAN.  Another opportunity to think of ADTRAN as an extended part of your team!
  2. Scalability; with no hardware controller to worry about on the customer’s premises, ProCloud Wi-Fi is the perfect “no-worry” managed vWLAN IaaS in response to customer BYOD challenges. You’ll never have to be concerned about customer scalability as the user control and network management software operate in the cloud – thereby, the virtual controller doesn’t have to be on the same LAN as the APs – making ProCloud a great solution for a distributed network environment spanning across multiple locations. Simply deploy the necessary access points and point them to our managed cloud service and you’ll recognize a significant decrease in TCO and resource requirements.
  3. System Management & Reporting; I know what you’re thinking; “Hhhmmm, if ADTRAN is managing the customer’s wireless infrastructure in the cloud, why would they promote system management and reporting.” Great question and you’re absolutely correct; ProCloud Wi-Fi is a managed cloud-based (wireless) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with a guaranteed uptime of 99.99%.  ADTRAN manages, ADTRAN monitors, ADTRAN responds to alerts, and ADTRAN consistently evaluates system reports. However, at your discretion and as the solution provider, you have access to ProCloud’s performance dashboards to also monitor the customer’s wireless environment in real time. Coupled with that, and if you so choose, you can create multiple customized reports (as they’re dynamic) to present perspectives of the wireless network in its current state or from historical trends.  

 

And there you have it. The 10 extraordinarily unique and important channel partner reasons (benefits) which validate why ADTRAN’s ProCloud Wi-Fi is the world’s leading wireless infrastructure solution for channel partners and end user customers alike. In review, they are; (1) Simplicity, (2) Quicker Market Response, (3) Disaster Recovery, (4) Unmatched Security, (5) Partner Cloud, (6) Freedom to Migrate, (7) ADTRAN’s ProServices, (8) ProCare Help Desk, (9) Scalability, and (10) System Management & Reporting.

 

And this is why ProCloud Wi-Fi is the preferred wireless infrastructure choice of channel partners and carriers around the globe.

 

Learn more about ProCloud Wi-Fi;

 

http://www.adtran.com/web/page/portal/Adtran/wp_aces_managed

 

https://www.adtran.com/web/fileDownload/doc/31917

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap86AVHV90c

 

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Mar
22

Part 2 – Channel Partners: 10 Reasons to Recruit ADTRAN ProCloud Wi-Fi

Last week, we introduced a channel-value perspective of ADTRAN’s ProCloud Wi-Fi, the industry’s first no-worry business-class wireless managed service. 10 Reasons to Recruit ADTRAN ProCloud Wi-Fi. I referenced four reasons (from a list of 10) as to why ProCloud Wi-Fi has the greatest intrinsic value for a managed cloud-based WLAN solution, emphasizing 99.99% reliability and customer-pleasing simplicity – even if your organization doesn’t have a wireless discipline!   

This week, as the second post to a 3-part blog series, I’d like to review three new, yet definitely unique reasons why ProCloud Wi-Fi is the best choice for the channel solution provider, the customer, and the customer’s customer; all essential stakeholders in addressing BYOD challenges. Let’s take a look at what I would suggest are extraordinarily unique and important channel partner options (benefits) which collectively, you won’t find from any other vendor.   

1.  Partner Cloud: Ok, so ProCloud Wi-Fi is a cloud-based wireless infrastructure service which ADTRAN manages with a guaranteed uptime of 99.99%. Got it! However, based upon your organization’s wireless experience, another option you (channel partner) may want to consider aside from ProCloud Wi-Fi is ProCloud Wi-Fi Private Label; the difference is that you would manage the wireless infrastructure on behalf of your customer, while ADTRAN continues to hosts the cloud-based software controller. In essence, you design your own unique and compelling managed services model, while we continue to take care of all the datacenter requirements. With ProCloud Wi-Fi Private Label, you not only gain greater flexibility and recognize stronger margins; you’re also able to market and sell the service behind your own company brand name and logo. See, what did I tell you? But wait, it gets better.

2.  Freedom to Migrate: ADTRAN leads the industry with the only wireless infrastructure service that allows the channel to migrate their wireless service model from one market entry point to another. “Anderson, what the heck are you talking about?” Let’s fast forward the tape 4-6 months and hypothetically say you’ve been promoting ADTRAN’s no-worry ProCloud Wi-Fi managed services. Of course, your customers just absolutely love it and your sales people find it incredibly easy to sell! Then later, you and your team decide that wireless is a piece of cake and believe ProCloud Wi-Fi Private Label is a much better fit. No problem. With ADTRAN, you have the freedom to migrate your customer base to ProCloud Wi-Fi Private Label – at any time – and continue to market and sell your newly branded managed wireless service. But wait, it gets better!

In a different scenario, let’s say you’re selling ProCloud Wi-Fi Private Label and are just crushing the competition. Yet, later you determine cloud-based wireless infrastructure services is a “walk in the park” and not only can your team manage it with their eyes closed, but could manage and host the software controller (ADTRAN vWLAN virtualized on a VMware hypervisor), essentially offering a public cloud wireless infrastructure service – behind your brand name and logo. Well, with ADTRAN you can do that!  You have the flexibility to transition your customer base to the datacenter of your choice and begin selling your own cloud-based Wi-Fi service! Now, as they say in our Burlington, MA office; “That’s wicked cool!”

3.  ADTRAN ProServices: If you find that from time-to-time your network ops team needs assistance, we have a great solution called ADTRAN ProServices. One of ADTRAN’s ProServices which tends to come in quite handily with ProCloud Wi-Fi is ADTRAN ProStart.  With ProStart, you have a broad selection of services to choose from to help (a) evaluate, design and plan an enterprise customer’s wireless infrastructure which ranges from remote predicative site survey, to pre-installation onsite wireless site survey, to onsite readiness assessment, and then, (b) assist with the implementation of the wireless infrastructure design, which includes ProStart Express, ProStart Remote, and ProStart Onsite. All of these great ADTRAN ProStart options are described further with more information at ADTRAN ProServices, and several of them can be ordered as a private label version under your company’s unique brand name and logo.

I trust you now realize why ProCloud Wi-Fi is the preferred wireless infrastructure choice of channel partners and carriers around the globe. I’ll provide the final three “channel partner value” tenets of ProCloud Wi-Fi next week. One of them was just announced this week in a press release; ADTRAN ProCare Help Desk.

Stay tuned and learn more.

 

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