Bill Gates’ famous quote that “640K ought to be enough for anybody” is a great example of how difficult it is to predict future technological requirements. Consumer and business demand for more bandwidth is a well-known story, but the 100G connected village will open the doors to groundbreaking research projects as well as new ways of working and learning. 100G is a high speed network built to cope with the increasing bandwidth demands from high-bandwidth applications such as video. Analyst house IDC expects to see Internet users to reach 2.7 billion by 2015 which represents over 40% of the world’s population and nearly a billion more users than in 2010. With high-capacity networks becoming available, in particular 100G for the research and education community, we are opening the doors to fascinating and sometimes life-changing applications no-one could even imagine until recently.
To combat the fear that the networks may soon run out of capacity, Ciena, the network specialist, is committed to ensuring seamless 100G upgrades of existing networks to improve network capacity. As demand for high-bandwidth services increases at exponential rates, more and more service providers and operators worldwide rely on Ciena’s coherent 40G/100G solutions to transport their critical traffic. 100G networks, conquering the market today, are giving us a taste of what is possible, but they are only a step in the direction of what can be achieved.