Fibre Capacity Limitations in Access Networks
With consumer demand for high-quality, multimedia-rich services expected to increase in the next decade, network operators are starting to deploy new access networks with fibre all the way to customer premises in order to dramatically increase the bandwidth they can provide. It is often thought that these fibre networks offer infinite capacity; however, in reality, the practicalities of deployment, architectural choices and performance constraints of networking equipment will lead to capacity being limited. This study explores the future evolution of technologies used in fibre optic networks.
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Fibre Capacity Limitations in Access Networks (PDF, 2.0 MB)
Report by Analysys Mason