April 9, 2020 by Kevin Kuo

Is the Dramatic Increase in Internet Usage Causing Bandwidth Choke Points in Your Network?


Many are stating that the world as we know it will forever be altered as a result of the unprecedented crisis we are all facing—the impacts of which could permanently shift the way we live, work, learn, and play.

The dramatic increase in working or learning remotely is presenting problems as well as opportunities. Technology companies specializing in application tools for remote working are thriving. On the other hand, Internet usage is increasing across the board at such a rate that service providers are being significantly challenged to meet the sudden demand for additional bandwidth. With the increased usage comes also the potential to place an overwhelming amount of strain on your network in terms of bandwidth capacity and throughput.

In the April 1 edition of BroadbandNow’s Internet Speed Analysis article, it was reported that 59 percent of the most populous cities within North America had shown network strain and had experienced significant network speed degradations when compared to the first few weeks of the year. So what is a service provider to do? Would a simple and cost effective solution that increases bandwidth and lessens the risk of network bottlenecks, while also helping to manage and maintain access systems spread over great distances be of help to you?

The good news is that these bottlenecks or aggregation points in your traditional layer 2 access network are one of the easiest locations in your network to upgrade. The most logical locations are where existing OLTs are aggregated together. Why? First, these are the locations where adding more bandwidth will make a big impact on the quality of service delivered to subscribers over existing access technologies. Second, they are points in the network where you can reduce the amount of fiber and upstream router ports required and in turn lower the cost of network upgrades. Here lies the value and power of aggregation through the AXOS 10GE-12 line card solution.

With 12 ports of 10G Ethernet available, you can aggregate up to 24 systems at one E7-2 location to create an efficient and optimized dense fiber uplink into yout services edge. This will in essence deliver a higher concentration of traffic with less fiber required in the outside plant, therefore fewer router ports are used, and you will see a reduction in network expenses.

To learn more about the game-changing AXOS E7-2 10GE-12 Aggregation line card solution, be sure to join us for our upcoming April 14 webinar. Hear from Federated Telephone Cooperative on why they deployed the solution and how the Calix Professional Services team played an integral role in its design and implementation within Federated’s network. Register today for the Network Edge Innovation Tech Talk webinar.