100G IPoDWDM: Prepping the Core for a Million Video Minutes (per second!)

September 28, 2012 - 1 Comment

Video changes everything”.

We laugh at silly cat movies.  We learn to dance Gangnam style.  We cheer for the underdog in an obscure sport (or perhaps even the Spice Girls reunion) at the 2012 London Olympics. Doctors use video to save lives. Cops use video to catch the bad guys. Video (TelePresence) means we can spend the night at home instead of getting on a plane.

Regardless of the content however, the amount of video travelling on the Internet continues to set records every year.  By 2016, the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index forecasts video to exceed one million minutes – the equivalent of nearly 700 days ―every single second.

This has caused service providers to upgrade existing 10G transmission speeds in the network to 100G and beyond. How do they do this without breaking the bank?  Just because you need a bullet train between two cities doesn’t mean you want to replace the track.

This is why one of the world’s largest network operators, BT recently completed a landmark 100G coherent IPoDWDM technology trial with Cisco.  They proved how they could massively increase network capacity without replacing their existing fiber plant or optical transport equipment. This is important because new fiber means time and cost for digging up streets and making life miserable for a lot of people.

We congratulate BT on their successful pioneering 100G IPoDWDM trial. Cheers to being ready for the “million video minutes per second” world!

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  1. A million minutes of video each second and yet my kids still complain that there is nothing on TV to watch.