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The 5G Smart City: Cities are Lining up for a Slice

Smart Cities are coming, and 5G network slicing technology will enable the critical services that will be deployed. Ciena's Brian Lavallée explains.

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Image globe with lightsNext-Gen OTT Video-Services' Massive Impact on Networks

The advent of new OTT video models like SVOD, TVOD, and AVOD are fundamentally changing how networks must scale for the delivery of content and connectivity. Ciena's Wayne Hickey explains.

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From the archives: 5G wireless needs fiber, and lots of it

When the topic of 5G wireless comes up, your first thought likely isn't about fiber networks running under the ground. But as Ciena's Brian Lavallée explains, 5G mobile networks will significantly affect both the wireless side (obviously!) and the wireline side of the global network infrastructure. In fact, 5G's formidable network performance goals are heavily predicated on the availability of fiber, and lots of it, to cell sites. Read more in Brian's post.

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Test Your Acronym Knowledge: CODEC

Test your telecommunications acronym knowledge and share what CODEC represents in our new "I Love Acronyms" challenge.

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Help industry colleagues find a solution by sharing your experiences. Browse open community questions.

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Did You Hear?

We’re excited about our recent release of the Ciena Podcast: The Road to 5G is Paved with Good Fiber and we would love to hear your feedback as we plan for future podcasts. What topics would you be interested in hearing about in future podcasts?

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What is Network Function Virtualization (NFV)?
Network Function Virtualization, or NFV, is way to reduce cost and accelerate service deployment for network operators by decoupling functions like a firewall or encryption from dedicated hardware and moving them to virtual servers.

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