The RAN evolution is one that is driven both by technology advancement and economics. The increased use of the mobile network to deliver content - data and video in particular - is putting a strain on the existing copper-based telco infrastructure. The need for more bandwidth means the need for multiple radio frequencies at any particular site in turn requiring multiple additional remote radio heads (RRHs).
Metro and enterprise networks are characterized by shorter distances and far more heterogeneous service profiles than long haul and core networks where traffic has already been aggregated onto a common transport infrastructure. Traffic is added and dropped at more locations and the service mix is more volatile requiring greater flexibility and manageability from your optical transport platform.
As a service provider with a rural network, you know how difficult it is to manage and operate it in remote areas over extended distances. You need the network to be reliable with minimal maintenance while at the same time it has to be an engine for growth to meet changing market conditions and new revenue opportunities. To overcome these challenges, it is important that your optical transport solution have extended reach, broad service flexibility and can be installed anywhere.
The increase in data, video and mobile usage on many networks is leading to an unprecedented capacity crunch and forcing carriers to find ways to deploy more bandwidth. The problem is most operators don’t have the budget to add new rings or spans. Rather than overbuild an entirely new network, more and more operators are deploying alien 100G wavelengths over their existing 10G infrastructure.
Longhaul transport networks present unique challenges simply due to their distance. They are expensive because they require more amplification and regeneration sites than metro networks. They are also operationally difficult because even normal activities such as wavelength turn-up and tuning typically require dispatching technicians to remote areas many miles from the nearest support site. Unplanned events such as outages and fiber breaks only compound the cost and difficulty.
With the increasing uptake of Cloud-based services and network functions virtualization (NFV), data centers are becoming the crossroads of the next-generation network that require ubiquitous access to content and rapid distribution of data and applications to ensure a seamless end-user experience. Understanding this fundamental shift has put EKINOPS at the forefront of delivering leading-edge solutions for your data center interconnection (DCI) applications with the highest capacity, longest reach system on the market today.
Ekinops, a leading supplier of next-generation optical network equipment, was awarded the 2017 Growth Companies' Grand Prize in the Electronics and Robotics category, for companies with between €5 million and €20 million of turnover, at a ceremony held on May 31, 2017.
EKINOPS (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI), a leading supplier of next-generation optical network equipment, and the major shareholders of OneAccess, a leading global supplier of network access solutions, have entered into exclusive discussions for a combination.
The transaction would take the form of an acquisition of OneAccess by Ekinops.
EKINOPS (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI), a leading supplier of next-generation optical network equipment, has partnered with Orange Ivory Coast, the number one telecommunications operator in Ivory Coast, for the rollout of a 100 Gigabits per second solution.