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August 28, 2017 by Robert Balsamo

Technology Corner: Trends Shaping the Industry


Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Robert Balsamo, vice president of Advanced Technology and Standards at Calix. My organization is tasked with advancing the communications industry and promoting innovation through technological contributions and standards development, education, and facilitating various venues that bring together the ecosystem needed to provide global communications solutions for individuals and enterprises.

We’re fortunate to be witnessing and experiencing a sea change in communication networks and the ecosystem that drives them. I will be hosting a new monthly Calix Blog series highlighting and discussing exciting technologies that are leading the industry in shaping our collective future.

In the coming months, I’ll be bringing market news, new technology foundational concepts, roadmaps, trends, and breakthroughs! For example, I’ll cover:

  • The latest in fiber and optical technology (for example, gigabit is exciting but 10G is upon us with 100G and beyond already being experimented with)
  • Wi-Fi that is connecting our lives in ways not imagined just a few years ago, including intelligent Wi-Fi networks will finally allow the elimination of wires in the home
  • Security, that is now at the forefront of all of our minds, will be explored to highlight avenues toward making networks more secure
  • Copper and cable systems that continue to extend and deliver high-performance networks through innovative physics that exceed performance which was once thought to be the limit of their life
  • Wireless advancements such as 5G and the networks that are being trialed and developed for the near future
  • The virtualized world that is now revolutionizing how networks are designed and built

So, stay tuned for my upcoming Technology Corner series starting in September.  You won’t want to miss it.