Two related, if not complementary trends characterise telecoms today in developing markets.
The first is the rapid deployment of fibre infrastructure. Carriers are taking advantage of fibre to roll out advanced Carrier Ethernet networks, over which they can offer their enterprise customers the latest SLA-assured Ethernet services. Furthermore, fiber is now reaching much further into the interior, in many cases encouraged by government initiatives to bring modern communications solutions to larger segments of the population.
The second trend is legacy service migration. In most cases this means moving up from slower speeds to high-speed DSL copper circuits as well as fibre, and supporting both TDM and newer Ethernet services. However, in this case, the transport layer is still based on SDH and solutions must be found to hand the traffic off to Ethernet and SDH backbones.
Many developing markets tend to have high operator-to-subscriber ratios. Fierce competition forces carriers to meet intense cost pressures and adjust their business models to fit the profile of their potential customers. As they shift their focus from building their market presence to improving profitability, the carriers’ need for innovative access solutions that enable significant CapEx and OpEx savings is greater than ever.
Noam Dor is the Director of Sales for Africa and Middle East at RAD.