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Next-gen networks transition to software networking

Network operators are in full balancing-act mode while embracing software networking, changing services and lower operations costs. And the timing only has to be perfect.

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  • fiber optics (optical fiber)

    Fiber optics, or optical fiber, refers to the medium and the technology associated with the transmission of information as light pulses along a glass or plastic strand or fiber.

  • IPTV (Internet Protocol television)

    IPTV (Internet Protocol television) is a service that provides television programming and other video content using the TCP/IP protocol suite as opposed to traditional cable or satellite signals.

  • dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM)

    Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) is a technology that puts data from different sources together on an optical fiber, with each signal carried at the same time on its own separate light wavelength.

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Core & Access Networks

Telecom networks are one of the most complex systems in the world, from the core network equipment all the way out to the access network technologies. Here you'll find resources on designing, implementing and routing telecom networks, as well the many technologies and protocols they use, specifically MPLS, VoIP, carrier Ethernet and optical technologies.

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  • fiber optics (optical fiber)

    Fiber optics, or optical fiber, refers to the medium and the technology associated with the transmission of information as light pulses along a glass or plastic strand or fiber.

  • dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM)

    Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) is a technology that puts data from different sources together on an optical fiber, with each signal carried at the same time on its own separate light wavelength.

  • adaptive routing (dynamic routing)

    Adaptive routing, also called dynamic routing, is a process for determining the optimal path a data packet should follow through a network to arrive at a specific destination. Adaptive routing can be compared to a commuter taking a different route to work after learning that traffic on his usual route is backed up.

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Telecom Business Issues

Telecommunications service providers are more essential to businesses and consumers than ever before, but even as their services become must-haves, they face increasing pressure to reduce operational costs while increasing revenue. This section addresses running the business of telecommunications, and the importance of average revenue per user (ARPU) and return on investment (ROI).

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  • cross-media ownership

    Media cross-ownership is a situation in which a single corporate entity owns multiple types of media companies. The types of media companies owned may include print, radio, television, movie and internet media sites.

  • IPTV (Internet Protocol television)

    IPTV (Internet Protocol television) is a service that provides television programming and other video content using the TCP/IP protocol suite as opposed to traditional cable or satellite signals.

  • telecommunications (telecom)

    Telecommunications is the transmission of data, voice and video over significant distances by electronic means that use a wide variety of networks and media.

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Telecom Network Operations

Telecom network operations on a global scale involve the coordination of many disciplines and requires extreme skill and precision. Operations are changing dramatically to adapt to IP networking. In this section, you'll find resources on service delivery platforms, telecom network management, security and OSS/BSS for carrier networks.

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  • satellite constellation (satellite swarm)

    A satellite constellation, also called a satellite swarm, is a system of satellites that work together to achieve a single purpose.

  • network convergence

    Network convergence is the efficient coexistence of telephone, video and data communication within a single network.

  • BGP (Border Gateway Protocol)

    BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) is a protocol that manages how packets are routed across the internet through the exchange of routing and reachability information between edge routers.

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Wireless and Mobile Carrier Networks

The mobile industry is one of the fastest growing on the planet. Wireless carriers are growing at amazing speeds to adapt to customer demands for increased mobile devices and services. In this section, you'll find resources to help you build up your mobile and cellular infrastructure, implement fixed mobile convergence and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), and accommodate the increasing need for wireless broadband access.

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  • municipal broadband

    Municipal broadband is high-bandwidth internet access that is funded either in part or completely by municipal government.

  • landline

    A landline is a telephone that transmits signals converted from audio data through physical media, such as wire or fibre optic cable, rather than through wireless transmission as is the case with mobile phones.

  • vEPC (virtual Evolved Packet Core)

    The vEPC offers a framework to support converged voice and data on 4G Long-Term Evolution networks. vEPC is the abstraction of Evolved Packet Core components into software that runs on generic servers, potentially cutting costs and improving service delivery.

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  • keylogger (keystroke logger or system monitor)

    A keylogger, sometimes called a keystroke logger or system monitor, is a type of surveillance technology used to monitor and ...

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  • business continuity plan (BCP)

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  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

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    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

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  • CompactFlash card (CF card)

    A CompactFlash card (CF card) is a memory card format developed by SanDisk in 1994 that uses flash memory technology to store ...

  • email archiving

    Email archiving (also spelled e-mail archiving) is a systematic approach to saving and protecting the data contained in email ...

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    RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks to ...

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  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification written for internally mounted storage...

  • NVMe (non-volatile memory express)

    NVMe (non-volatile memory express) is a host controller interface and storage protocol to enable a solid-state drive to use the ...

  • SSD RAID (solid-state drive RAID)

    SSD RAID (solid-state drive RAID) is a methodology commonly used to protect data by distributing redundant data blocks across ...

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    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

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    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...

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