Nortel’s Crystal Ball

Want to know what Nortel thinks will happen in 2007? Here’s the scoop straight from the horse’s mouth:

Nortel’s crystal ball predicts:

* A second wave of WiMAX equipment being trialed in 2007 that will – for the first time – deliver the wireless equivalent of wireline broadband. And, unlike significant advances in wireless technology to date, this one will take place in North America. “North America, for a change, won’t be five years behind this one,” says Nortel CTO John Roese. “We could see 4G in North America at the same time 3G is being deployed.”
* The disappearance of the so-called “bandwidth glut” as social media and other consumer trends result in more network traffic, creating the need for operators to have well-balanced metro optical networks in place.
* A foundation being built for what Nortel calls the “extended enterprise” where businesspeople can run their business away from the corporate campus at the same levels of efficiency, cost, and security as if they were at their desks. In 2007, the foundation will be poured so that phone and email systems will have the same “presence” that instant messenger technology, for instance, has today.
* Enterprises will begin to see the real value behind unified communications and the linking of communications infrastructure to processes via a services-oriented architecture (SOA). “Every application built in 2007 must fit into the unified communications model,” says Roese.
* 802.11n standardization – Much of the early adopters’ WiFi equipment will have to be replaced given this pending standardization. 2007 will bring a glance as to what this equipment will look like from a technical perspective and, more importantly, which companies may be phased out from sales given 11n’s integrated – not peripheral – approach.
* A reshaping of the battle between MPLS and carrier ethernet technology. How will virtualization be handled and what factors will come into play for the first time in this battle?
* A general shift in telecom from people-to-people connections to an era of “hyperconnectivity” in which people, devices and sensors are connected for maximum productivity.
* The deployment of voice as over-the-top, embedded, hosted and converged, making it ubiquitous as next-generation networks are put in place.

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