From Optical Switching and Networking Handbook

The Growing Demand

It was clear as the new millennium began that a remarkable revolution in information services was overtaking our society. Communication, which was confined to narrowband voice signals, demanded a higher-quality visual, audio, and data content. Every aspect of interaction (whether business-to-business, entertainment and social demands, government, or academia) increasingly relies on rapid and reliable communications networks. The Internet alone thrust millions of individual users into a new world of information and technology. The telecommunications industry struggled to keep up with these demands. All predictions that current fiber capacities would be adequate for our needs into the new century have proven wrong. What was once a voice network growing at 4 percent per year is now a data-centric network growing at 30 percent (and more) per year. To meet the demands, the carriers sought help from the manufacturers and the standards committees. They were faced with obsolescence of their entire network infrastructure or a meltdown of the network. The committees went to work looking for a new way to handle this phenomenal growth and unrelenting demand.

Products & Services
Packet Switching Chips
Packet switching chips are communication integrated circuits (ICs) used in packet-switched networks to rout packets between network nodes.
Information Technology (IT) Staffing Services
Information technology (IT) staffing services provide temporary or permanent workers who troubleshoot and repair computers, operate help desks, and support voice and data networks.
Specialty Information Technology (IT) Services
Specialty information technology (IT) services handle specialized or proprietary processes related to IT applications.
Network Processors
Network processors handle a wide array of tasks needed to support network systems, including routing, compression, encryption, authentication, and protocol conversion.
Communications Software
Communications and network software is used for the setup and management of digital communication networks such as LAN and WAN computer networks, electronic mail, FAX, audio and video networks, wireless communication systems, etc.

Topics of Interest

Caution: Standards Committees at Work The standards bodies were aggressively specifying and enhancing the various techniques, standards documents, and the implementations of the SONET and SDH...

Managing the availability of mission critical systems requires an understanding of the risks and costs of losing access to business critical information or services balanced against the cost of...

OVERVIEW The early 1980s saw tremendous expansion in network deployment. Telecommunications service providers realized the cost benefits and productivity gains that could be created by network...

Overview The popularity of the Internet and internet protocol- (IP-) based internet services is promising enormous growth in data traffic originating from hosts that are IP endpoints. This growth is...

R R Knight, S E Norreys and J R Harrison 8.1 Introduction The patterns of telephony traffic in the networks run by public network operators (PNOs) have changed drastically over the last five years.