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October 2007 Fiber News

Issue #12, October 2007  

Fiber News
Bit-heavy Video Services Key to Internet Growth

The continued growth in Internet usage, coupled with the rise of video traffic, has created a bit of a conundrum for carriers whose networks are being extended as a result. They are devising plans to stay one step ahead of network capacity demands, ranging from deploying metro reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs) to laying down new fiber lines.

In a recent interview, Verizon Vice President of Network Architecture Stuart Elby said the company has realized 50-80% annual Internet traffic growth for the past few years. That statement is supported somewhat by Ovum-RHK, which states spending on DWDM equipment has risen 61% in the past year and 171% from two years ago. The analyst group also predicts Internet traffic to grow at a rate of approximately 40% per year.

Much of this growth is being attributed to the rise of YouTube and similar bit-heavy video services. This trend will undoubtedly continue as video on demand (VoD), IPTV and other services become more mainstream.

Maintaining network performance is becoming more of a premium due to the growth of these video services. Anritsu’s MT9083A ACCESS Master OTDRs provide optical testing at all of the primary wavelengths plus quality of service (QoS) verification via an IP testing option for FTTx applications. With the IP option, continuity, download speed, throughput and frame loss of Gigabit Ethernet links can be verified up to full line rate. The MT9083A also features a unique way to troubleshoot live PON-based, FTTx networks without additional costly and complicated external filters.

The MT9083A is designed to make measurements simple and error-free. It has true one-button fault location, pass/fail classification, automated file saving and naming, and even a macrobend detection feature for identifying installation issues.

For more on the MT9083A and Anritsu’s other fiber solutions, click here.