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Are We Ready for The Exabyte Tsunami? Not Without Network Enhancements and Standards, Industry Leaders Say

The consensus of more than 30 telecom industry executives participating in an executive roundtable hosted by DSM is that today’s broadband network infrastructure is not prepared for future bandwidth demands and that substantial performance enhancements and new standards are necessary to support the next generation of bandwidth-hungry applications.


Participants in the Designed for the Future Executive Roundtable – representing communications service providers, infrastructure vendors, fiber optic cable and optical fiber makers, industry association leaders, academics and media – addressed the ability of incumbent networks to support future bandwidth demand, what is and will be creating that demand, and the risks associated with not embracing industry standards. Designed for the Future was held Sept. 29th during the FTTH 2009 Conference in Houston, Texas.


“It is no secret that the network infrastructure in the U.S. is aging while applications are evolving beyond what the basic design network can ultimately support,” more

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