The central office is
undergoing a bit of a transformation. While all of its functionality will be
the same, more will be expected of it in the coming years. With the advent of
virtual reality and the Internet of Things, the central office will take on
more demand than ever before.
In our new white
paper, “The Virtualized and Converged Central Office/Cable
Headend,” we outline four trends that will no doubt
have an impact on the central office:
1. Evolution of access networks: From the
telephone to the fax to the digital subscriber line (DSL), the majority of the
world’s fixed Internet services were delivered via copper in the last mile.
While that still has a significant place, we are now on the threshold of a new
generation of high-bandwidth, low-latency access technologies that enhances the
2. Convergence of wireless and wireline:
Today, service providers are bringing both of these together. They’re adding
small cells and building C-RAN hubs (centralized/cloud radio access networks). Some
of the functionality that used to be performed at a mobile switching center is
now inside the central office.
3. Virtualization: Physical functions
performed by actual equipment are being replaced by software programs.
4. Moving to the edge: By establishing
smaller data centers near the edge (closer to the user), more content (i.e.,
your favorite streamed TV show) can be delivered faster.
CLICK TO TWEET: Read the 4 trends that are redefining the central office.
This is a fascinating
time for evolving networks. Yet, so much of the infrastructure is already in
place. Operators just need to modify a little, and we’ve got them covered. CommScope
created a page for everything you’d need to redefine a central office. Click here to get our central
office checklist and learn more on all our new technologies.
Forecasting demand can
be difficult, but that’s what we’re here for. Learning is half the battle to
creating a solid – and successful -- plan of action.