THE TECHNOLOGY: OPTICAL ETHERNET
Optical Ethernet is the technology that extends Ethernet beyond the local-area network (LAN) and into
metropolitan-area networks (MAN) and wide-area networks (WAN). While Ethernet LAN are almost exclusively used within the enterprise, optical Ethernet technology can be used as a service provider offering.
Optical repeaters were part of the first Ethernet standard back in the early 1980s. Today, optical Ethernet advances promise to take Ethernet transport to levels undreamed of back then and not even feasible using copper technologies today. Thanks to advances in optical Ethernet, this most common (and most standard) of LAN technologies will soon be the most common (and most standard) of WAN technologies.
The Emerging Value of Optical Ethernet Networking
The quarter-century-old optical Ethernet remains one of the most cost-effective, scalable and hardy networking technologies available. Optical Ethernet offers high-bandwidth, low-cost, easy-to-learn and manage alternatives to traditional time-division multiplexing (TDM) metro technologies such as SONET (Synchronous Optical NETwork). In fact, infrastructure built on SONET network fiber rings now comes within a mile of practically every building in the country. The challenge is whether the all-optical "last mile" is SONET centric or optical Ethernet centric.
Optical networking competitive new approach for delivering generous bandwidth and management efficiency melds the ubiquity of IP protocol, the low cost of optical fiber and the reliability of high-speed optical Ethernet. Competitively important for next-generation carriers, optical Ethernet also greatly reduces the amount of both equipment and power needed at scarce central-office rental property.
Next-generation optical Ethernet providers can take advantage of regulatory relaxation, the wildly expanded bandwidth capacity of fiber optics, and the cost-effective efficiency of familiar optical Ethernet connectivity to set a new level of expectations for commercial, optical networking capabilities. A competitive key will be efficient optical Ethernet access platforms that can allow for swift provisioning for customers.
OCE has trained and will continue to train System Integrators (hereinafter referred to as “SI”) to handle the base band technology. They can act on behalf of ISP to sell, setup and maintain the base band service within their allocated zones.
Advantages & Benefits of Utilizing Optical Ethernet
Generate Alternative Revenue Sources
Many real estate developers are looking for additional sources of revenue as a real estate development is underway. There are many ways to recoup the costs of deploying the technology infrastructure, and in most cases, there are revenue-generating options for the real estate development to explore. Eg. E-Surveillance and Online Services.
Upgradeable and Scalable
OCESB’s networks will scale to support any number of homes or businesses covering any market size, allowing expansion for future residential or commercial development phases.
If a development is housing a school or educational facility, a fiber network can immensely improve the quality of education. A fiber network can support videoconferencing and distance learning applications - all requiring large amounts of bandwidth. There are also educational benefits for students accessing information from their homes, as more and more educational applications are available on the Internet.
Vision for the Future
At OCE, we are looking at solutions that will bring benefits to the community as a whole. Apart from that, many sectors will be able to gain benefits of our Mega/Gigabit Broadband. Important factors such as user's cost and inconvenience to the public is effectively addressed and thus shall lead to a cheaper and more reliable service to Malaysian public.
Fiber technology is designed to support the development's needs well into the future, for a minimum of 20-30 years. Cable modem, DSL and wireless networks will need to be replaced as applications drive the need for more bandwidth.
A Fiber-to-the-Premise network can support image transfer of X-rays and MRI images to the home or business within the development. Physicians that are looking for a home or place to establish a business can utilize the fiber network for healthcare applications. The network supports distance learning, videoconferencing and large data file transfers, enabling a multitude of healthcare applications.
Fiber can support voice services (telephone service), cable TV, high definition TV, very high-speed data services, videoconferencing, alarm monitoring, data exchange, point of sale transactions, MRI and X-ray transmissions.