New Reports Reveal 2016 to Be the Year of 100-Gigabit Service

A 2015 fourth-quarter report exploring the demand for Ethernet ports has recently been released by Infonetics Research, indicating that 2016 is likely to be a watershed year for 100-gigabit connectivity.

The report revealed that 100Gb port revenue totaled $45 billion in 2015, more than double the previous year’s total. Even more promising was the worldwide CAGR forecast, which shows revenue is anticipated to grow at 137 percent through 2019. (more…)

Attention Developers and Property Managers: Are You Partnered with the Best ISP?

Whether you’re breaking ground on a new development, looking to fill vacancies in an existing commercial property or you have a tenant whose contract is up with their current provider, selecting the right ISP for your building can make all the difference. These days connectivity isn’t seen as a luxury by your tenants—it is seen as a basic requirement. So when you’re selecting an ISP, doesn’t it make sense to choose a one that will make your tenants feel right at home and meets their business requirements? Here are the biggest benefits you need to make sure an ISP can provide before you select their services for your property:

Exceptional Customer Support: The provider you select to provide Internet or Ethernet service to your building will be a direct reflection on you as a developer or property manager. By partnering with an ISP that puts customer care at the forefront, you will be sending a message to tenants that you have their best interests in mind. What makes for exceptional customer support? Putting customer needs first and foremost thanks to unrivaled responsiveness is a good place to start. This leads to efficient support with a personal touch. If your ISP can promise to do this 24/7, all year long, you’re on the right track. (more…)

Which Network Service Is Best for Your Organization? Take This Quiz to Find Out!

Every modern business relies on connectivity, but business owners can’t be expected to be experts themselves when it comes to understanding and selecting the right service to suit their company’s needs. If you’re in the market for an Internet or Ethernet solution and don’t know where to start, take this one-question quiz. Your answer will direct you to a service option that may best address your business’s network service needs.

Which of the statements below most accurately describes your current situation?

  1. Not only is our business growing, but our employees are increasingly working remotely. We need to scale up in a cost-effective way that will support our mobile workforce no matter where they are.
  2. We’re in an area prone to floods. One hard rain storm and our whole network could be sunk.
  3. We want to connect our two offices so they can file-share and access applications quickly and seamlessly. We need a service provider that can offer scalability and security for our connection, but we have a great IT department that can take it from there.
  4. Our organization has offices all around the city that need to share data reliably, but because they are all different sizes, each location has its own unique needs.
  5. We’re looking to save money and improve access to time-sensitive data by consolidating our multi-location business LANs into one WAN.

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Why ‘One Size Fits All’ Isn’t Better When Vetting Internet Service Providers

The concept of a one-size-fits-all Internet service provider certainly seems practical when first introduced. Give it a little more thought, however, and you’ll realize that the model is more likely to benefit the provider than the customer and is probably why it is a common selling point of big telecom companies. Yet, while the big telecom company ends up with more customers, you end up with a product that doesn’t meet your unique needs no matter what kind of business you run. Doesn’t it make sense, then, to choose a network provider that works for you, and not the other way around?

Here are three primary reasons to select a customer-centric provider for your Internet or Ethernet connectivity solution: (more…)

Network Connectivity: The Most Valuable Tool for Your Healthcare Organization

The saying goes that if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. In a hospital setting, your primary resources (or “tools”) are doctors and nurses, yet if you try to address all aspects of patient care with medical professionals alone, patient care will suffer. Instead, hospitals must implement innovative technology tools to solve more healthcare issues, i.e., hit more nails on the head. In this regard, the most valuable technological resource a hospital can deploy is stellar network connectivity.

Indeed, access to fast and reliable Internet or Ethernet services in the healthcare industry has the potential to transform healthcare. Consider a 2015 study released by West Health Institute that revealed that 60 percent of the nurses polled felt medical errors could be significantly reduced with better device coordination. Not only does improved connectivity safeguard patient well-being, it helps healthcare providers save money too. In fact, the study went on to link these errors to $30 billion in annual costs to the U.S. healthcare system. (more…)

In a World of Big, Why Smaller is Sometimes Better

Remember the 2011 “BIG BIG BIG” smart automobile commercial? The 30-second clip paints a picture of a world where everything seemingly good is big. From news anchors to celebrities to boardroom executives, the public is gripped by the tantalizing concept of things being larger in size. This world is swayed into thinking that bigger is better until one brave employee utters the word “small” during a team meeting—then everything changes.

 

Although the commercial is focused on an automobile, it seems to reflect the current state of the Internet service provider market. We live in a world where a handful of traditional ISPs dominate the connectivity landscape. These corporations may collectively own majority market share, but that doesn’t mean they are the be-all end-all for consumers. In actuality, there are a number of smaller ISPs that provide high value solutions that may better meet the needs of an organization—all at just a fraction of the cost with better customer support.

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Use Market-leading Connectivity Solutions, Get Rewarded!

As a telecommunications consultant), consider the competitive advantages of offering your mid-sized and enterprise-level clients advanced fiber Ethernet solutions. For starters, you’ll position yourself for increased profitability by tapping into a market that is overflowing with client demand.The global fiber optics market, for instance, is set to peak at $3 billion by 2019, with the U.S. currently representingthe largest fiber optics market in the world.

Additionally, as more companies implement high-bandwidth network applications like video conferencing and real-time data backup, their need for a high bandwidth network solution becomes critical.

For example, by stocking your services portfolio with market-leading 100G Ethernet (which is emerging as the next must-have technology for supporting media-rich, bandwidth-intensive Internet services) you’ll ensure you can meet your customers’ diverse connectivity needs, helping you increase customer acquisition and retention. In fact, Infonetics expects 100G port revenue to grow at a CAGR of 137 percentbetween 2014 and 2018. (more…)

Don’t Let Your Enterprise Network Strategy Get Buried by Year-End Planning

Organizations are busier than ever working to fulfill Q4 objectives, meet end of year deadlines and prepare for the start of a new year. To this end, now perhaps may be the best time of year for IT decision makers to begin preparing for 2016 by considering how they can improve their networking strategies. By considering ways to more strategically allocate their organization’s hard-earned dollars towards improving network connectivity, these decision makers can help support a number of priority objectives in the new year, such as enhanced productivity and increased profitability.

 

A strong enterprise network strategy is key for any organization looking to thrive in the coming year. Below are a few considerations for organizations looking to improve their connectivity strategies and, thus, propel themselves into success: (more…)

Lights, Camera, Connectivity: Exploring The Ever-evolving Media and Entertainment Industry

The media and entertainment industry has undergone what many consider to be one of history’s most dramatic business transformations. Consider the strides made within the industry over just the last century; only a few decades ago, companies relied on bulky machines to print text for newspapers, magazines and posters. At this time, the industry was still far from breaking ground with next-generation developments like high definition voice and video or three-dimensional imagery.

 

Fast forward to today, however, and you’ll see a truly disruptive industry where change is being driven by technological advances and shifting consumer preferences. For instance, cloud computing is taking the industry by storm, and there is a strong demand today for digital online content. These changes have been steering organizations within the industry towards adopting more intelligent digital strategies for delivering quality online content while also maintaining high internal performance. (more…)

Three Network Challenges Every Metropolitan Business Must Overcome

Organizations operating out of a metropolitan area face notably different network connectivity challenges than businesses in suburban or rural areas. For instance—as we addressed in a recent blog—Los Angeles and New York City have among the slowest and most expensive Internet services in the world.

Here are three more network challenges that every business based in a major city has experienced all too often:

Costs: According to a report from New America’s Open Technology Institute, metropolitan businesses deal with astronomically high Internet costs. For example, businesses in New York City, LA and Washington, D.C. pay more than four times as much for only half the upload speed than companies based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The bandwidth is there; however, due to the typically higher cost of living in these areas, businesses in major cities have to pay much more to reap the benefits. (more…)