3:55 PM -- Pyramid Research just released a report called (deep breath) "Fiber in the Last Mile: Best Practices, Adoption Trends and the Impact of the Economic Downturn" (exhale). Whew.
The report has a number of interesting points (and a few sharp corners, too, judging by the paper cut on my left hand).
One green thought for your consumption:
A VDSL2 port can use twice as much power as GPON or P2P [point-to-point] fiber, but it still consumes only 12% of the power of a typical ADSL port.
I think that's worthy of printing and sticking on the breakroom fridge, under one of those Santa magnets.
But is ADSL the only power pig in the bandwidth sausage factory? I think it's worth noting that a lot of the remote cabinets being upgraded to GPON and VDSL2 were simply filled with plain old telephone service lines before.
While one mode of next-gen access may consume less power than another, they all consume way more -- around 3x, I think -- than the phone companies were using just a few short years ago.
Machine learning is primed to help service providers run more efficient and effective networks, but first the good ideas have to make their way from the lab to the real world – and that's a big challenge, according to the University of Chicago's Nick Feamster.