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Fiber Deep

Pushing fiber closer to subscribers to optimize scalability, reduce costs, and deliver better performance and reliability for the next generation of services.

Improved Quality of Experience (QoE). Differentiated video and Internet services. Commercial business-services expansion. These are just a few ways cable operators are combatting cord-cutting and increased competition. Coaxial technology plays a pivotal role in this story—it’s a key advantage cable operators have over the competition.

And now, cable operators can increase longevity by using a Fiber Deep architecture to drive Ethernet and data center technologies closer to subscribers, get more capacity out of fiber, lower overall power consumption, and adapt to changing bandwidth demands at the network edge, access, and core.

The big three

No. 1

The Adaptive Network

Only a network that’s set up to get smarter and more agile every day will enable operators to adapt to the ever-changing needs of end-users.

No. 2

Driving Fiber Deep

Driving digital technologies closer to subscribers simplifies operations, lowers energy-consumption costs, and results in a better customer experience.

No. 3

Re-architected headend

Coherent optics and packet networking technologies transform the headend into a data center, pushing fiber deeper into communities, and removing antiquated, power-hungry coaxial amplifiers.

Industry insights

Dealing with aging infrastructure, cable operators must support their own residential and business customers with innovative services that meet end-users’ ‘anytime, anywhere’ expectations. They have to deliver content, and provide backhaul for mobile carriers. Cable operators need to use their infrastructure and services to maintain market advantages, and prepare their networks for new content-consumption trends. With this in mind, they are looking to Fiber Deep architectures to enable more capacity, simplify operations, and build a network that’s fit for the future.

Ciena insights

The migration to Fiber Deep will be done over many years, as operators build out their fiber networks. It’s not a simple journey.

Ciena Fiber Deep Solutions are open and modular in design, and feature Ciena’s proven packet-optical products, domain controller, and professional services:

And soon, Ciena Fiber Deep Solutions will leverage Blue Planet MDSO and Analytics.

What’s next

In the coming years, cable infrastructure will need to support the network densification of small cells for both 4G and 5G mobile technology. Cable operators are modernizing their networks to excel at these challenges. As described during Cable Congress 2017, the industry is building ‘the infrastructure of our age’ to deliver enriched services and meet the steadily increasing capacity demands in the forthcoming gigabit society.

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