Optical Access Startups: Roll Call
The broadband access market – also known as "the last mile," "the first mile," or "the local loop" – has taken the spotlight as one of the hottest, if not the hottest, segments of the telecom equipment market.
Simply put, access is where the action is. It's where carriers hope to get their fastest return on investment. And it's where they have their biggest chance to turn network-based services into revenues – and pull themselves out of the current economic mire.
Access also is where startup companies are in a key position when it comes to launching a sector revival. Leading suppliers of DSL and cable modem gear are seeing a decline in demand, but their lengthy product development cycles and the challenges of juggling multiple market segments are stalling their solutions. Meantime, carriers are clamoring for faster, more efficient access techniques that promise to help drive up carrier subscriber volumes.
Enter access startups, which are gathering momentum in several key areas, including passive optical networking (PON), wireless, optical Ethernet, and multiservice access platforms.
In this report we focus on startup activity in each of these segments, describing what's happening and where, and who's involved. We've drawn much information from the April 2002 report titled "Broadband Access: Last Mile, Last Chance," from Optical Oracle, Light Reading's subscription research service.
Read the report sequentially, or click on the page below that interests you most:
- The Access Scene
PONs on the Rise
Optical Ethernet: The Big Idea
Multiservice Access: What's Next?
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