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COMPTEL PLUS Wrap-Up: Telco 2.0 and the Blurring Line Between Wireline & Wireless

By Mike Collado
October 15th, 2012

In support of our optical transport solution – INFINITY ACCESS™ – Team SOLiD attended last week’s COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2012 Convention & EXPO in Dallas.

This conference has traditionally been all about the wireline industry. Specifically, the competitive communications service providers (i.e., CLECs) and their supplier partners.

However, the conference demonstrated that the line between wireline and wireless is blurring. Just consider the inclusion of Wireless Backhaul and Small Cells on the agenda – topics which were session at the recent Wireless Infrastructure Show where SOLiD presented.

Wireless at COMPTEL?

It’s interesting to note that a non-traditional topic – Wireless Backhaul – was literally standing room-only!

This discussion explored supporting legacy 2G/3G networks, addressing latency, ring protection and synchronization while offering integrated solutions to support 4G/LTE.

And, although, Small Cells are likely 12 to 24 months away from being deployed in significant numbers, it was on the agenda. The message? Small Cells are coming and the industry needs to get ready.

As further evidence of the blurring line between wireline and wireless, a key theme throughout the conference was bandwidth.

For most of 2012, wireless conferences have shown hockey-stick charts that predict bandwidth consumption and have used terms such “tsunami” to describe the magnitude of the need and potential shortage crisis. Attendees at COMPTEL PLUS were introduced a new term to describe the bandwidth dilemma: “capacity cliff” (as in the “fiscal cliff” the politicians in the US throw around).


For some time now, SOLiD has talked about the concept of convergence…

Within the DAS industry, in-building wireless platforms have evolved to converge multiple wireless operators onto a neutral host DAS.

To support of public-safety code requirements, SOLiD converges both commercial cellular and public-safety communications on a single DAS platform.

Next-generation DAS architecture will converge even more services and applications – both digital and analog – such as cellular, WiFi, public-safety and other applications such as RFID, building automation and more.

So what COMPTEL is describing is literally a convergence between the enabling of capacity (wireline) and the delivery of communication services (wireless).

Telco 2.0

Keynote speaker Larissa Herda, CEO at tw telecom, aptly termed the trends that are driving growth, innovation and change within the telecom industry as Telco 2.0.

(Read the Show Daily summary here for more on the keynote presentation)

These carriers are beginning to develop and operate in a new business model – one where the path forward is not about purpose-built networks but, instead, converged and integrated solutions that will be more intelligent, scalable and provide more and better coverage.

Your Turn

Did you attend COMPTEL PLUS? What stood out as particularly interesting to you?

We’re Exhibiting & Presenting at NTCA – Come See Us!

By Mike Collado
February 9th, 2012

Please join us at Booth #104 during the NTCA Annual Meeting & EXPO on February 14 & 15 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego. We’ll be showcasing our ClearLight ACCESS™ fiber multiplexing solution, which increases existing fiber plant capacity 16x.

This is no ordinary multiplexor… ClearLight ACCESS features patented tunable laser technology which delivers long-haul high-capacity digital distribution efficiency at middle-mile economics for rural telecom providers.

Service providers struggling with fiber exhaustion are invited to attend our case study presentation on Tuesday, February 14 at 3pm in Room Ford B on Level 3 to hear how Empirical Networks solved its capacity shortage problems.



Cliff Crowder, CEO of Empirical Networks faced a serious challenge. Demand for bandwidth and capacity from the telecom provider had created a shortage of network capacity and fiber exhaustion – which meant missed revenue opportunities.

Instead of pulling new fiber, Empirical deployed ClearLight ACCESS™ from SOLiD Technologies.

Please join Mr. Crowder at the NTCA Annual Meeting to learn how he increased capacity 16x with Empirical’s existing fiber plant and lowered CAPEX and OPEX costs with ClearLight ACCESS.

Mr. Crowder will share why he chose ClearLight ACCESS, how his team deployed it within minutes, how it expanded his product line, the ROI benefits and more.

Join us on Tuesday, February 14 at 3pm in Room Ford B on Level 3 in the Hyatt. Or, stop by Booth #104 to say hello.

We’re Going to Disneyland!

By Mike Collado
September 22nd, 2011

Okay, not really…

But we are going to the FTTH Conference & Expo next week in Orlando to support the launch of ClearLight ACCESS, our high-capacity digital distribution solution which enables service providers to increase capacity 16-fold without making any changes to the existing fiber plant.

Read the press release here.

ClearLight ACCESS offers compelling benefits:

  1. Enables service providers to scale to support Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services
  2. Delivers significant capex and opex savings
  3. Provides an alternative to upgrading or building out network – particularly in a fiber-scarce market
  4. Simplifies commissioning with plug and play installation and ClearLight LASER optics technology that automatically tunes and attenuates for distance
  5. Supports long distances (60km +) without the need for amplification or regeneration
ClearLight ACCESS, known during its beta trial period as MediaC-1600, has successfully been deployed by Quantum Communications and InnerCity FiberNet.

Come See Us

  • SOLiD presents on Tuesday, September 27 at 2:40pm at the WDM-PON Workshop – “WDMPON for fiber saving when resources are depleted”
  • Live demonstration of ClearLight ACCESS at Booth #204
  • Plus, a sneak-peek at ClearLight FTTx, our forthcoming multi-dwelling IP triple-play transport solution.

Serving The Rural Telco In A Fiber-Scarce Market

By Mike Collado
August 16th, 2011

SOLiD Technologies recently exhibited its MediaC-1600 optical fiber network access solution at the 2011 Tri-State Telecommunications Conference.

This annual conference is sponsored by the Idaho Telecom Alliance, the Utah Rural Telecom Association and the Wyoming Telecommunications Association. Our thanks go out to the sponsors and attendees who participated.

What Did We Learn?

There is a significant shortage of fiber optic cable. That’s because Japan is the home to the majority of suppliers of optical fiber and preforms. Many of these manufacturing facilities suffered damage in the March earthquake and tsunami.

How much of a backlog?

In May, fiber optic cable manufacturer Corning announced the company was sold out. According to the manufacturers who exhibited, supply hasn’t caught up to demand at all.  Several projected a backlog of 12 to 18 months. Another frowned and suggested as much as 24 months!

Which presents a challenge for the CLECs and ILECs we met at the conference. These telcos are actively investing government USF funds to deploy the latest in technology to modernize and build out their network footprint. The problem is compounded when there is a strict timeframe stipulated by the grant in which the fiber needs to be buried.

A Busy Booth

This was the story we heard repeatedly from telco attendees who found themselves shifting their operational gameplan from doing a build-out to instead investigating ways to do more with their existing infrastructure. In fact, many introductions were facilitated by the manufacturers themselves!

Our team was literally overrun by facilities based carriers who wanted to learn about the SOLiD Technologies MediaC-1600 solution which provides 16 independent channels of traffic over a single strand of fiber. Like our most recent customer InnerCity FiberNet (ICFN), both the economic of fiber savings and ease of deployment resonated with these lean organizations.

Next Steps

Want to learn more? Read about how ICFN is using the MediaC-1600. Or, download the brochure.

Now Your Turn

How is the shortage of fiber optical cable affecting you? Let us know in the comments below.