Future of Networks Worldwide

future-of-networks-worldwideThe Future of Business Networks Worldwide

There is no doubt that fiber optic communication is the way of the future; the industry has grown amazingly in fifteen years, driven by high demand and evolution of technology. There are also a number of trends occurring with the development of technology in the market.

All-Optical Network
All-optical network has been one major subject in the industry of fiber optic communication for more than a decade. Ultimately, the goal is to process every signal in the domain without conversion to electrical domain. For now, the majority of signal routing, switching and processing occurs within this domain, meaning optical signals must first be converted to electrical, and then this signal is processed, routed and switched to its final destination.

Once this is done, the signals are converted back to its original optical state, and they are transmitted across long distances. This is known as the O-E-O process, and it severely limits how quickly a network runs. Since optical signals are capable of transmitting data faster than electronics these days, the O-E-O process is a cap on data rates that could be much higher.

Multi-Terabit Networks
Dense wavelength division multiplexing, or DWDM, is the way to multi-terabit transmission. For example, a terabit network could be achieved by coupling 100 DWDM channels with 10 Gb/s, and four terabits can be achieved combining 40 Gb/s with the same amount of channels. Interest in developing such networks is driven by the wider availability of bandwidth in fiber optic networks.

Of course, such networks are expensive, which means businesses interested in establishing one will need to make cuts elsewhere. Fortunately, one very easy way to do this is to seek out the establishment of a VoIP network.

VoIP

Short for Voice over Internet Protocol, this method is quickly becoming a major choice for people interested in avoiding expensive telephone service. This system functions by letting individuals make phone calls using their computer network, such as the Internet service provider. It works similarly to email.

Most providers allow unlimited long distance calling for either a low per-minute or low monthly fee. While the fees for long distance can generally run huge bills with standard phone providers, VoIP offers these same benefits for a considerably lower price. Because of this VoIP is easily the choice for calling of the future, causing providers to scramble all over.

Major Savings
Imagine keeping the same phone number and making all of the long distance calls necessary — within a certain area — for the same low price. In other words, no outrageous charges for long distance calling, no more fluctuating phone bills and no other surprise surcharges. This is what VoIP is all about. Just like email changed the way people communicate with one another, VoIP will as well.

Depending on the provider, it may be possible to combine phone and Internet service to create one lower monthly bill. With the expansion of VoIP, the service will become more widely available, and those who cannot yet make their local number to support VoIP can still switch their long distance.

Options
There exist many options with VoIP, including the old ones everyone is used to plus new ones. Imagine being able to check the computer for phone calls on the go, or having email sent upon the delivery of a new voicemail message. The technologies that combine phone and computer service offer a brand new level of communication. Connecting VoIP with the computer, mobile phone and numerous other gadgets keeps individuals more connected than ever before.

Other features can include three-way calling, distinctive rings, speed dialing, away messages, call waiting, call forwarding and more. Finally, those who do not want to lose out on certain standard benefits will be pleased to know that many providers include easily accessible 911 services and directory assistance.

The Future
It goes without question that VoIP is the future for calling as technology involves, with more integration options increasing in availability. Whether for personal use, home-based businesses or larger businesses, VoIP has something to offer for everybody, especially with more options becoming available all the time.

Always research for the best option when choosing to switch to VoIP, and do not get locked into a lengthy contract; every day, new providers compete with the ones of yesterday, and it is always best to take advantages of new services and better rates when they appear. Always be on the look out for:

  • Whether local numbers are available
  • Whether 911 emergency access is available
  • What the long distance calling flat rate is
  • What area the unlimited long distance calling plan covers
  • What other services are available and their cost
  • The terms of the contract

Efficient Networks Makes Efficient Work
Businesses that still use the old copper Cat5 or Cat6 LAN network would benefit with a media converter, allowing them to integrate a fiber optic back bone that provides considerably more bandwidth. With the amount of data that a modern office handles increasing exponentially on a yearly basis, it is important that the network supporting it can quickly and efficiently handle it, leading to better sales.

Any part of the network can benefit from a fiber optic media converter, such as between hubs, switches, routers and servers. They can even be integrated along a workstation, allowing for the configuration to be more flexible. Upgrading later would be cheaper than for a business to completely start fresh. Fiber topic media converters can also support a greater distance than copper cables can — about two hundred times better.

Modern converters also now come in smaller designs, intended for the latest switches and servers, occupying less than half of the traditional space needed. This means more ports, and this leads to a reduction in overall cost for the network. With a lesser cost and greater range of flexibility comes more efficiency at work, which means better productivity and sales.

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