I believe investments in system-level vectoring will continue to be on many emerging markets agenda for 2014.
The need for speed continues unabated, with efficient broadband even more of a ‘must have’ than 12 months ago. To satisfy this need, service providers are deploying next-generation DSL equipment deeper into the network and closer to the customer.
System-level vectoring increases the capacity of the DSL service, with 100 Mbps possible, a substantial improvement on previous solutions. In conjunction with fibre to the home deployments, service providers are looking to vectoring solutions to pave the way for faster broadband for everyone.
2014 will also be the year of Wireless Network Virtualisation. With a continued proliferation of wireless devices (smartphones, tablets, PCs, Machine-2-Machine), the arrival of emerging connected technologies (Google Glass, smart watches, connected cars), bandwidth hungry applications continuing to expand in all markets, and companies becoming increasingly mobile and distributed, businesses will seek cloud-based Wi-Fi solutions that can resolve all of these new trends.
Virtualised wireless LANs enable a simpler and more cost-effective wireless solution to manage, and being cloud-based, enables near limitless scale, security and network efficiency.
Ronan Kelly is the Director of Product Management for Adtran.