Carrier CTO Sees 100G Tipping Point

The wait for truly affordable 100Gbit/s Ethernet ports from the major router vendors has been a long one, but that wait is nearly over, according to Mattias Fridström, the CTO at TeliaSonera International Carrier (TIC). Carriers have been calling for "affordable" (or cheap) 100Gbit/s Ethernet ports for years. (See EENY 2010: Carrier Wants Cheap 100GigE Now Please, from 2010.) And it seems they're still not happy with the prices: Talking to Light Reading about his company's new European expansion, Fridström says 100GigE ports from the likes of Cisco Systems Inc. and Juniper Networks Inc. have still not reached the required price points. (See On Your Toes, Coriant!) For Fridström, using multiple 10Gbit/s Ethernet ports still pays off. And while there is undoubted interest in 100Gbit/s services, the CTO notes that the majority of his customers in North America and Europe are still buying multiple 10Gbit/s services, though the scale of demand is growing at such a pace that it's making more sense operationally to deploy 100Gbit/s ports. But the price tipping point is very near, he believes. Fridström says while he was at the OFC/NFOEC event earlier this year, Cisco Systems Inc. showed him "what I had been looking for" in terms of functionality and price. He also believes Juniper Networks Inc. is very close to marketing "affordable" 100Gbit/s Ethernet products. "We are very close. I believe we will see this [commercially available] before the end of the year," says the CTO. And once those ports are deployed, that's likely to only further boost demand for the carrier's high-capacity services. — Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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