Latest Discussions on Small Cells (videos)

7/17/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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Paul Gowans, director of Mobile Strategy at JDSU, recently conducted two video interviews during the Small Cells World Summit last month in London and I thought they would be useful to share his discussions with our social followers.

In the interviews, Paul discusses key drivers for small cell installations. Not surprisingly, the installations are mainly driven by people wanting “always on” access to mobile apps throughout their day.  This presents a great business opportunity for mobile operators to set up small cells in hot spots, or areas where a lot of mobile activity is going on that are typically in urban locations, to keep those mobile signals flowing and fast.
Paul also covers key challenges that operators face that include where to actually deploy small cell solutions and the cost of bringing up those sites, since we’re talking about what could be possibly tens of thousands of small cell installations.
Then there is the challenge of how to manage all of those network nodes and the interaction and handoff that happens to a network transmission between all of the various technologies that must communicate with each other in a heterogeneous (HetNet) network.
Ultimately it’s all about keeping mobile users happy with their mobile experience, since we are a fickle and impatient bunch that want instant information at the swipe of a finger.
Learn more in these two video interviews.


JDSU also won the Small Cell Forum Award this year for its small cell assurance solution that helps mobile operators deal with these complex environments.


Top Tech Stories: Smart Homes/Cities/Cars, Smartphones in India, Wearables

7/16/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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As I catch up on blogging after a brief summer respite and other meetings, here are some of the latest tech headlines and links to previous JDSU blog posts about these topics.

Smart Homes & Smart Cities Making Headway in U.S.

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) outlined what the US government is looking for in terms of a ‘model’ city that sounds a lot like smart city efforts happening in other countries. The request indicates that the government would like one or more cities across the US to volunteer a test area that would support “rapid experimentation and development of policies, underlying technologies and system capabilities” that include spectrum sharing as a way to make cities across the country more connected via wireless networks.

On Tuesday, Google’s Nest Labs, a smart thermostat maker acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in January, announced an industry group to help makers of smart home gadgets use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate with each other via home networks. The new protocol and consortium adds to a growing field that is trying to standardize how connected gadgets interact within the home.


Chinese Electronics Giant Launches Budget Smartphones in India

Chinese company Xiaomi launched the Mi 3 smartphone across the expansive India market this week. The phone costs about $230 and will be available only via online retailer Flipkart starting July 22. A cheaper version of the flagship product will launch in August, along with an affordable phablet.

As part of its effort to establish itself as a dominant mobile provider in India, Xiaomi will open 36 service centers in 20 major Indian cities. This includes key sites in New Delhi and Bangalore that promise turnaround times of at least two hours. Xiaomi will also eventually look to expand in North America.


Connected Cars Could Become Part of US Policy

President Obama is working closely with U.S. regulators and major automakers to implement mobile auto technology and a policy that would require all new cars to provide mobile connectivity by early 2017. The Transportation Department has finished two phases of testing that look at how wireless technology could improve safety when used with sensor-based technologies to help avoid vehicle crashes.


Wearable Tech Evolves for Eyeballs and Wrists

As usual, there’s lots of talk in the blogosphere about wearable tech for health and fitness applications.

Google and Novartis announced they will create ‘smart’ contact lenses that include microchips and miniaturized sensors to help diabetics track blood glucose levels. The measurements would be sent to a mobile device and allows Novartis to compete in a global blood-sugar tracking market that is expected to be worth more than $12 billion by 2017.

Rumors continue to circulate about an iWatch from Apple. The latest stories indicate that Apple may release a wrist-worn device this fall with touchscreen sizes of 1.6 and 1.8 inches – previous rumors had the size pegged at 2.5 inches. It’s expected the device will leverage a series of biometric sensors for feedback on health and fitness.

Microsoft is also said to be researching and testing a smart band that could be worn around the head to help blind people navigate their surroundings. It would work by bouncing wavelengths from sensors within objects back to a headband receiver. No dates confirmed yet on when this would be commercially available.


2014 World Cup: Scores Goal for Mobile Quality Preparation

7/11/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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“We are proud to say that this FIFA World Cup has been the biggest multimedia sporting event in history, with more people watching matches and highlights online than ever before.” - FIFA Director of TV Niclas Ericson

For sports fans and patriots around the world (most of whom use a mobile connected device), there's been no shortage of drama thanks to the 2014 World Cup hosted in Brazil. Regardless of your team allegiance – sparking countrywide spirited debates, intense rivalry, and camaraderie across offices, pubs and homes – all eyes will be on the outcome of the final game Sunday, July 13: Germany versus Argentina. 
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Think of all the friends, family and media who have benefitted from online viewing, and from information sharing by posting files, sending game updates, showcasing selfies, downloading scores and highlight videos, and tapping into social media with mobile phones and tablets.  FIFA itself announced: "2014 FIFA World Cup Breaks Online Streaming Records." Adding that, in the United States alone, a record-breaking 5.3 million unique viewers tuned in for the round-of-16 match between Belgium and the United States on ESPN and Univision platforms, representing unprecedented traffic for both broadcasters. 
In this frenzied, large crowd environment, it begs the question - were organizers “on the ball” to ensure that mobile users and broadcast viewers could expect a quality experience? 
In a recent white paper distributed by JDSU entitled: “Alcatel-Lucent Team Up to Ensure World Cup Cell Coverage with RAN/RF Test,” it’s clear that the careful preparation of the communications system in anticipation of a massive surge of fans is a big goal scored!
Leading up to this World Cup, consider the following:
§  In addition to constructing new stadiums and refitting other infrastructure, preparing for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ included ensuring a robust telecommunications system to support a large number of domestic and roaming users.
§  The extra load on the network at the time was estimated to be approximately 3,000,000 roaming visitors and 71,000 hours of broadcasting transmitted to a global audience of close to half a billion viewers.
§  Maracanã stadium is an icon of soccer in Brazil, and it had recently received a facelift to house 82,000 fans expected to attend the 2014 World Cup final game.
§  Cell coverage at the  stadium is a matter of national pride and the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications (ANATEL)  supervised the work of ensuring top network performance.
As part of this effort, several contractors – including JDSU’s Network and Service Enablement team – were proud to have worked on different parts of various operator networks to help ensure a solid kick toward  quality mobile experience.  
“I would like to thank the excellent support of JDSU at the Maracanã stadium, they provided a series of very important tests such as the verification of the transmission power of our remote radio heads and VSWR reflection tests of the RF cables, validating the proper levels of RF power in our distributed antenna system. This let us quickly resolve service issues with a single quality-assurance supplier.”
-Pedro Oliveira, Alcatel-Lucent
Be sure to check out the white paper and wherever you are in the world, and whatever your mobile gadget of choice to enjoy the experience is –here’s to an exciting finale to a thrilling World Cup series!


Categories:LTE, Mobility


Update on Currency Protection, 3D Sensing & More (VIDEO)

7/1/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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As with many JDSU solutions, some of the most intriguing technologies created by the Optical Security and Performance Products (OSP) segment at JDSU are moving from industrial and government uses into consumer markets as experts find new ways to leverage the technology. Learn more from my recent video interview with Luke Scrivanich.



NFV and SDN...More Than Just Acronyms

6/27/2014 · Posted by Rob Marson
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Attending LightReading’s Big Telecom Event (BTE) last week in Chicago  where JDSU received a Leading Lights Award for Outstanding Test and Measurement Vendor was a revealing experience.  It provided a look into how far the industry has come in understanding and embracing new paradigms such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV)  and Software Defined Networking (SDN), as well as how much effort lies ahead when it comes to full implementations. Service providers and technology suppliers are in varying stages of understanding NFV and SDN , and some confusion still exists as to what exactly these acronyms even mean. Are they complementary or competing technologies? Does one depend on the other?


Alex Clauberg from DT provided a keynote entitled: The Software Defined Operator

SDN and NFV:  Some Comparisons
SDN and NFV are software approaches to enable network virtualization: SDN – software in the network; NFV – the network in software.
The basic principle of SDN is to make the behavior of network devices programmable, and allowing them to be controlled by a central element using well-defined interfaces. Communication between the control and data forwarding planes of supported network devices is structured by the OpenFlow Standard, developed through the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).
NFV is a European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) group that was formed to investigate virtualizing a variety of functions as an alternative to using higher-cost, purpose-built appliances. The operator’s goal is to reduce Capex/Opex, and allow for faster services deployment, greater flexibility and differentiation, while having a low barrier to entry introducing new services for additional revenue.
Common Attributes
SDN and NFV are both software-based approaches to networking and aim to provide more scalable, agile and adaptable networks. Some key commonalities include:
  • Shifts functionality to software
  • Uses COTS servers and switches where practical
  • Leverages programmatic application interfaces (APIs)
  • Supports orchestration, virtualization and automation of services
SDN and NFV are complementary, but not dependent on each other. That is, one could be deployed without the other; however, together the two enable compelling benefits.  SDN provides network automation that enables policy-based decisions to orchestrate network traffic, whereas NFV improves the efficiency of the services themselves. 
When deployed together, network equipment can be built using (Commercial off the Shelf) COTS servers, while network control is enabled by SDN. The resulting network of virtual network functions (VNFs) can be dynamically reconfigured based on application service, and network requirements. Some VNFs may be implemented in a single virtual machines (VMs), with others may require multiple to meet the performance requirements. Allocating a number of VMs to a specific VNF is can be done dynamically through a management and orchestration (MANO) entity. An orchestration layer can dynamically define a series of services to be implemented on the virtual platform based on information gathered from the network. This is called service chaining. The SDN controller can steer traffic from one through the virtualized network functions as required.

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JDSU’s Network Instruments Offers Insight on Recent Award (VIDEO)

6/25/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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JDSU announced a series of industry awards related to network innovation this week. Below is more insight and a video from marketing executive Veena Vadgama about the Frost & Sullivan recognition that was awarded to our Network Instruments division. Thanks Veena and congrats to the team!

As Far as Aquisitions Go, This One Deserves an Award

by Veena Vadgama

Some relationships just make sense. Peanut Butter and Jelly, Batman and Robin, and Texas Sports and National Championships (go Spurs!) to name a few. Successful acquisitions are built on the strengths of the individual components, how supportive each company is of each other, and if the combined shared vision is accepted by employees and key stakeholders.

We thought the JDSU acquisition of Network Instruments was a relationship that made sense. Frost and Sullivan agreed. And here’s why:
“The convergence of JDSU’s proficiency in developing state-of-the-art communications technologies and test solutions across the telecom sector with Network Instruments’ competence in designing top-class application as well as network performance management and monitoring offerings for the enterprise segment are seen as synergistically beneficial for both the companies.”
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That’s fancy analyst speak for “Hey JDSU, you complete me.”
But the proof is in the results, right? In just a few short months, let me outline what we achieved:
-     Network Instruments’ products have been enthusiastically embraced by the JDSU sales teams. JDSU expanded our global penetration with a snap of their fingers. The company is set up to get the right products out there and fast. The go-to-market team has been incredible.
-     With JDSU, we now have a full Layer 1-7 offering to our enterprise customers. JDSU has long been an industry leader in infrastructure test and management products and our customers have a need for these tools. Now our sales teams can easily bring more value to their accounts.
-     JDSU is actively selling Network Instruments products to the Service Provider Market.
Network Instruments talks about the benefits of the JDSU acquisition
So thank you Frost and Sullivan for recognizing the hard work, dedication, and know-how it took to make this acquisition happen. Our combined companies create technology designed to help our customers build the most robust network infrastructure possible so their business can achieve its objectives. I feel the strong infrastructure and foundation exhibited by both companies will ensure we meet our objectives with this acquisition.
Veena Vadgama: "We thought the JDSU acquisition of Network Instruments was a relationship that made sense. Frost and Sullivan agreed."
Categories:The Cloud, Enterprise, SDN


A Look Back at Cable Testers #JDSUTBT

6/18/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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This month nine years ago, JDSU celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Wavetek SAM (Signal Analysis Meter).  Described as “the popular test meter line that has grown from an indispensable signal analysis tool in 1980, to an award-winning, robust digital services activation meter (DSAM)…ensuring reliable, efficient and accurate test and management to cable operators.”

During the 25-year celebration in 2005, the company highlighted that WaveTek Wandel Goltermann (who later merged with TTC in 2000 to form Acterna) revolutionized cable-TV testing with the introduction of the SAM in 1980.
The first SAM meter was recognized for setting the standard for all future cable test meters for its accuracy, reliability and ruggedness. From year to year, the SAM's enhancements reflected the issues and technology concerns that defined each era of cable-TV development.
DOCSIS 3.0, digital video, the proliferation of connected mobile devices, backhaul, high bandwidth and high capacity application, OTT services, and many other major trends have since created a whole new set of challenges and opportunities that JDSU supports with cable providers today.
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Back in 2005, the SAM meter  was recognized for setting the standard for all future cable testers.


The technology has since evolved into today's Digital Services Activation Meter.


Location Insight Services in Asia Estimated at $3.1 Billion by 2015

6/16/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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Based on research by STL Partners, network operators in Asia could capitalize on a $3.1 billion revenue opportunity by 2015. The figure comes from the potential monetization of Location Insight Services (LIS), or the use of aggregated and anonymized “trend” data from connected consumers’ mobile location data.


JDSU executives attending Mobile Asia Expo last week in Shanghai discussed this opportunity and other network trends with Chinese media last week.


“Mobile operators in Asia are at a unique turning point in realizing the value of location data, and the ways to utilize it,” said CJ Meurell, vice president and general manager of Mobility at JDSU. “While the location-based services market keeps growing, it has been OTT providers who have been reaping the rewards. Network operators have a significant opportunity to capture new revenue outside of traditional voice and data services. Location Insight Services not only provides this opportunity, but assets such as historical analysis also offers their partners added value and improved customer service.”


To date, the mobile industry has focused on the potential of the more traditional Location Based Services (LBS) market, which is dependent on the availability of individual real-time data. However, network operators have struggled to capitalize on the revenue potential of LBS. The bulk of revenue has instead gone to OTT (over-the-top) service providers, who have led deployments primarily targeted directly at consumers.


LIS puts the power back in operators’ hands, allowing them to monetize the value of their unique assets and mass location intelligence, creating new revenue streams in times where traditional business models remain under pressure.


JDSU executives met with Chinese media as part of activities at MAE last week.

JDSU’s GEOinsight application, part of the ariesoGEO platform, enables anonymized, aggregated information to be shared by external systems without the need for large scale system integration with data warehouses and enables new revenue streams through data monetization.


SDN & NFV - Top of Mind at TIA Conference (VIDEOS)

6/9/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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JDSU was part of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Network of the Future Conference in Dallas last week.  Big names in the communication industry convened for a variety of meaningful sessions to continue dialogue on the major trends tracking today.

Topics included Big Data, Wireless & 5G, Software Defined Everything (SDx), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Internet of Things (IoT), Domain 2.0 among others.  Some of the presenters I was able to sit it on included:  Tim Horan, Managing Director, Communication & Cloud Services Research, Oppenheimer Co., Inc.; Mark Lipford, Director, Global Standards & Ecosystem Development, Sprint; Jonathan King, VP of Cloud Strategy & Business Development, Savvis/CenturyLink; Dr. John Mattison, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente; and Todd Rytting, CTO, Panasonic N. America.  In addition, Tim Harden, President, Supply Chain, AT&T and James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development, CenturyLink addressed the topic of “speed to market.” 

JDSU was an event sponsor, and took part in TIA NOW interviews, the online video network of the organization that was broadcast throughout the conference and delivered through a vast network of distribution channels.  David Heard, president of JDSU’s Network and Service Enablement business segment spoke about “SDx for the Telco,” including service provider readiness for SDN/NFV.  Rob Marson, senior manager of strategic marketing at JDSU, appeared with Overture’s CTO Prayson Pate on SDN, NFV and network performance intelligence. JDSU also updated members of attending media/editors on the state of SDN/NFV.

David Heard takes on SDN and NFV in “SDN for the Telco” at TIA NOW studios, Network of the Future Conference
Some notable comments from the week's sessions:
·  The role of health care and impact on the network.  The network implications of 3G imaging in health care for example, the use of 3D avatars to resemble a patient in a post-op state to help prep before having the surgery.  As for the potential for 3D imaging, “we have not even begun to scratch the surface”. One service provider remarked “it’s these applications that keep me awake at night.”  And added, “the next generation is not necessarily new technology but for lifestyle-related projects.  Capacity, spectrum and density are what to keep an eye one, but not just one person …millions of users.”
·  I heard more than a few times that providers face network performance challenges in unexpected ways; it is hard to predict.  Demand, latency and capacity echoed as themes.  An executive at Panasonic made an interesting point. As he drove his son and son’s friends, they were all using connected devices, GPS for direction, and more - a connected car in action.  He realized his son’s generation, with the internet of things (IoT), have the expectation that “things just work that way.”  Others observed that early on, the focus was on connectivity and not on the value of information; the technology and infrastructure was more important.”   Cloud, data, wireless, increasing bandwidth and infrastructure were repeated often.
·  When it came to speed to market, AT&T commented that there was a time when consumers knew what they want it, and when they wanted it.  That may have been where we thought we could head…well, we’ve reached a point where it is possible to make that happen. Time to market was 18-24 months, the cycle to get the product out the door - down to 12-months on an average. The pace we are headed is 6-months or less, which means we have to get 70 percent of the project  done in 90 days. 
·  Also factor in the process of testing and certifying important as the demand is there.   Mobility trends and connected devices – this led to SDN, we can now go faster meeting the demands and speed; we get a lot more done with SDN capability and keep the cost points right. The notion of “fail fast” was included in the debate.  The concept that means don’t worry too much about messing up – better to quickly realize that something is not working, then move on from there.  Cultural change too - greater change than there has ever been, shifting dramatically; must maintain the quality as we enter into these new technologies.
Tim Harden, President, Supply Chain, AT&T and JDSU’s Cyndi Austin, Senior Sales Director, AT&T Account  
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  • AT&T asked for a show of hands for people have been in the industry 20-years or more.  It was about 80 percent of hands showing.  We have seen a lot of change, from analog to digital, then mobility – the jump to SDN is not    easy, it’s not an easy task for any of us, was the sentiment.
  • Speaking of quality, with software the reliability is good, inherently good.  One difference is IT has been flexible in the past because not everything was in real time in a live public network.  Well, this is real time.   And customers are accustomed to quality.  “Fail fast” strategies are part of the mix, as is more collaboration with vendors. 
  • As for timing, I heard that for SDN/NFV, large scale is years away. There’s traction already with NFV, but, for SDN, “still trying to see what that means to service providers.”  The network has become “like oxygen” how important it is to the end user. 
  • Important for AT&T: global, virtual, ultra-fast, effortless capability.  The ability to shift the capacity to where it is needed.  Some of the best ideas in this speed to market environment come from collaboration.  As NFV and SDN come together, the more human element is out of the picture…the network is more instantaneous. Quality of experience is a big part of the equation as the network evolves.  
    Rob Marson of JDSU takes a close look at SDN, NFV and increasing network intelligence in a panel discussion broadcast on TIA NOW
  • Lastly, providers during the event spoke of building metrics to give eyes into how the network is performing.  Metrics have to evolve, too.  To build a common base about how you talk about performance.   Different companies, different parts of the work…we want a set up where we have them looking at metrics the same way for performance.
Thanks to the TIA organizers, and for JDSU’s executives and experts on-hand for a solid conference!   


TBT: Vintage 'Test' Back in the Day

6/5/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Last year, the Network and Service Enablement business of JDSU celebrated its 90-year anniversary. Back in 1923, the company Wandel & Goltermann was founded in Germany (now part of JDSU), specializing in developing and manufacturing highly regarded test sets for communications. 


Deep from within the archives, we found the following pictures for nostalgia’s sake. To think generations of test and measurement solutions evolved from this, going on to eventually conducting tests required for next-generation technologies such as 4G/LTE, 100G, and for emerging trends like software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).  


From sea cable testers in the early 1900’s to software and cloud solutions getting the limelight these days to help provide visibility in the advanced network and service enablement world of today. . .testing, you have come a long way!


Below, sea cable tester. Left to right: Bertram Amann,  Enzian Schneider, Rainer Grözinger


Below - PMG-13, or, Pegelmessgerät – Level Measurer (unknown person)



Silicon Valley VCs Predict Top Tech Trends Over Next 5 Years

6/2/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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Last week, I attended the 16th annual Top 10 Tech Trends panel held by the Churchill Club and Forbes. Here’s what some Silicon Valley V.C. firms are predicting will be the big tech trends over the next 5 years and the audience's reaction to these predictions.

Trend #1 – Business Apps We Use Today Will be Reinvented

63% of audience agreed

There is a big opportunity to transform business applications that workers use, similar to the way that we use apps in our personal lives. Consumer apps can share data immediately in real time. Better leveraging this model in the Enterprise can make people more intelligent and collaborative in their work relationships as well. It was pointed out that the gap between the enterprise and consumer experience is likely due to the fact that consumer-facing businesses have historically been more motivated by the end user experience. 

Some panelists felt this trend was already happening and that it wasn't a new prediction.

Trend #2 – Digital Disintermediation and the Fall of Banks

59% of audience agreed

There will be a fundamental restructuring of the legacy bank industry with the emergence of start-ups offering digital wallets, peer-to-peer lending and new currency approaches like Bitcoin. It was pointed out that a lot of people are underserved by the banking industry today and that algorithms can likely manage money better than people do.

There was a mixed reaction from the panel about this happening in the next five years.

Trend #3 – Smart Home Networks

87% of audience agreed

One panelist predicts that smart software platforms will reinvent Wi-Fi networks in the home. There are hundreds of millions of home networks and home connectivity is expected to explode over the next five years. The emergence of new products like Nest provide an opportunity for technologists to build smart network stacks around them. In the near future, your home could do things like let you know when your kids are home from school. 

Trend #4 – The Healthcare Industry Mimics Kodak and Goes ‘Poof’

32% of audience agreed

One venture capitalist believes that employers with more than 500 employees will start to self insure, working directly with local healthcare providers in their geography. There will be a move away from physician networks and insurance companies acting as the middle man.

The majority of panelists were skeptical this would occur in the next 5 years since healthcare is a regulated industry.

Trend #5 – The Last Second Economy

87% of audience agreed

The rise of smart phones, instant access to actionable and contextual knowledge and the fact that expectations for high service quality have become the norm (think Uber and getting a ride any time you need it, where you need it) will drive this economy.  

Examples included:

Healthcare – Imagine your child has fever at 2AM. Instead of going to an Urgent Care location, you could consult with a doctor immediately via your smart phone.

Education – A kid is stuck on a homework assignment that his parents can’t help with but there is instant access to a tutor online.

B2B – A person trying to start a company can instantly access other entrepreneurs to get advice via a connected device.

This panelist indicated that mobility provides a “multiplier effect” with access to tap instant labor and knowledge (a knowledge economy) that allows people to make not one decision but thousands of decisions in a short period of time with the help of others (crowd sourcing).


Trend # 6 – Cyber  Attacks in the Future Will Be Targeted at The Home

65% of audience agreed

As homes and cars become their own inter-connected devices, there will be more hacking and identity theft. This panelist said that security is typically an after-thought for most people and that more subtle attacks over time will be revealed, especially in wealthier neighborhoods.

The panel was skeptical about widespread hacks but agreed that more targeted efforts in lucrative areas were likely.

Trend #7 – The Future of Healthcare Begins with Data (From Your Gut)

72% of audience agreed

One panelist shared that more research is showing that bugs that live in your gut are strongly related to your current state of health and to diseases like cancer or disorders like autism.

The challenge has been to digitize this information. The prediction is that there will be a massive wave over the next 5 years so that technology like Watson will be sitting at the table when doctors are making a decision about a patient.

Trend #8 – A Female Founder Will Create a $50 B Exit

66% of audience agreed

Mobility and technology are collapsing the barriers of innovation, letting more types of people in different places emerge with all types of new ideas. It was emphasized that conditions exist for this trend to happen but it will likely take a massive win by a woman (thus the $50B figure) in order to facilitate this as a trend for women tech leaders.

The panel agreed the time is right but also reiterated that currently only 3 percent of women-funded tech start-ups exist today.

Panelists from Accel Partners, Canvas, Floodgate, Venrock and Greylock shared their tech trend predictions in Santa Clara last week.

Trend #9 – Spot Pricing for Health Care Procedures

33% of audience agreed

It was predicted that the health care industry will move to dynamic pricing that allows people to book certain procedures online since medical equipment is heavily underutilized today. For example, a person could pay less to get an MRI during off hours.

The panel had mixed views, thinking that this would work for some procedures but that patients are willing to pay more to guarantee that they have the attention of a particular physician depending on the situation.

Trend #10 – Credit Cards are the New App Platform

58% of audience agree

A panelist indicated that there is a huge wave of innovation that will happen around credit cards in the next 5 years and that a cloud- connected card could:

1 – Provide expanded memory for loyalty programs and coupons.

2- Mine spending trend data over time.

3- Allow for ‘special use’ cards. For example, a child could have special card designed to only allow him/her to ride the bus or buy school lunches.

Here's the overall summary of how the audience reacted to the technology trend predictions:



54 Years of Laser Innovation

5/29/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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On May 16, the laser beam turned 54. JDSU has been providing laser technology for more than 40 years and so in honor of this milestone, we thought we’d share our own special visual about how some of our laser technology, called diode lasers, have evolved and moved into new markets.

Over the decades, lessons learned about how to make new kinds of diode lasers that are smaller while retaining or adding to their power, beam quality, reliability and functionality have allowed for laser capabilities to move into new markets. 

Diode lasers first gained traction for use in many industrial applications like medical bioinstrumentation, medical x-ray printing, for welding of plastic car parts and even to emit light for night vision googles.

Then diode lasers moved into networks to help extend the distance that network signals could travel as Internet use and bandwidth demands began increasing throughout the world.

Back in 2010, diodes were introduced into the world of consumer electronics, starting with first-generation gesture recognition systems for gaming and home entertainment. The diodes were used in special cameras to emit light onto a person making certain gestures and would return back information to the 3D sensing platform so that people could control technology using body movements.

"Today, we are now making diode lasers so tiny and efficient and in massive volumes that they can be integrated into many types of consumer electronics, such as laptops and smartphones, to enable advanced 3D sensing capabilities, like reading a person’s heart rate or other activities.

Now that we’ve learned about how to build an even better diode laser chip for consumer markets, we are taking those advances and applying them back to the industrial and networking markets – it’s gone full circle.”

-Andre Wong, Director of Product Line Management, JDSU

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Taking Networks Virtual (video)

5/28/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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Virtualization is an approach that has transformed enterprise and data center networks. It separates software from underlying network hardware, allowing multiple applications and operating systems to share the same infrastructure. It also enables more network functions that used to require dedicated appliances or hardware to be implemented via software that is run on generic and off-the-shelf servers.

In the past, a lot of connectivity that a business would have with the outside world was over "skinny" network pipes. Now that fiber connectivity has moved deeper into the network and more operators are pushing fiber right to the entrance of a building, operators have an infrastructure that better leverages their investments in high-speed access and data centers to provide a much more streamlined and dynamic environment.

Virtualization is powerful because it allows networks to be scaled up or scaled down elastically depending on the need of an application or a service. But like with all technology transitions, it’s not all going to happen overnight. Virtual network environments will exist in combination with physical network environments. A service that may originate in one type of network may end in another.

Understanding how a particular subscriber’s service interacts across these hybrid environments and also gaining a real-time contextual awareness about that experience are some of the services that JDSU provides to help network operators make the most out network virtualization.

Watch this video to learn more.


TBT: JDSU Laser Exec. at a Science Fair in the Late ‘70’s

5/22/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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As part of our efforts to highlight our company roots, we are dedicating this week's Throwback Thursday post to Erik Zucker who shared a photo of himself from the late 1970's proudly displaying a blue ribbon for his winning project at a science fair.

From there, Erik went on to major in Physics in college and made his first laser in the late ‘80s at SDL, a company that was later acquired by JDSU. He is now Senior Director of Laser Product & Technology Strategy at JDSU and has been here for 25 years.

 “My ninth grade science fair project was on 'light beam communication.' Little did I know that I’d spend my career developing lasers for fiber optic communications and other applications as diverse as steel cutting and 3D sensing. Over the last 25 years, semiconductor laser power has increased over 100 times while costs have decreased over 1,000 times.  Imagine what the next 25 years will bring,” said Erik.


State of the Network: Analyst Jim Frey’s View/Q&A

5/20/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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JDSU’s Network Instruments business released its seventh annual “State of the Network Global Study.”  Of the findings – after polling 241 network professionals – a provoking theme emerged: 80 percent of respondents viewed software defined networks (SDN) as unimportant or were just going to “ride out the hype” – saying it is “Like a Road Trip Without a Map.” 
A leading authority in the enterprise network management space with a lot of experience covering this sector is
Jim Frey, vice president at Enterprise Management Associated (EMA), which conducts IT & data management research, industry analysis and consulting.
Inspired by the recent study,  I reached out to Jim – who has briefed regularly with the Network Instruments team – for his take on the state of network today as he sees it, and his view of where the market is headed.


Q: Jim, what do you feel are the top priorities – opportunities and/or challenges – for the enterprise sector at a time when SDN and Big Data are all the rage?

Looking at where SDN is in its maturation, the timing is still very early and it is not having a big impact yet. Big data – the collection, analysis and sharing of data by network management systems – is rapidly growing in importance as a company asset. Here is what I see as top priorities and megatrends as SDN and big data emerge within larger enterprises. 

First, cloud and virtualization adoption rates are very high and topics to keep an eye on. The cloud is enabled by virtualization and that dynamic creates added challenges for performance monitoring. The ability to understand how services perform when deployed in the cloud, especially from an end-user perspective, makes visibility a critical – and challenging – aspect of effective resource monitoring and management. 
In addition, making sense of the large amounts of network monitoring data and what can be done with it are key.  In particular, we see network teams taking a more proactive approach to handle performance challenges as they find hidden trends and relationships between application and infrastructure performance using the latest big data analysis techniques.
Lastly, I’d say another big trend taking hold is the continuous market transition between separate siloes or functional areas in IT operations, moving towards more converged operations and IT organizations. This has some direct impact on choices of network management tools and how they get used over time.
Q: The “State of the Network” study spotlighted that a fair amount of network managers and engineers agree that SDN is a “Road Trip Without a Map”?  Were you surprised to see that finding? 
This is very consistent with the conclusion that I have had in my own research.  I’ve found that only 20 percent have taken part in any degree of SDN deployments. And, less than 10 percent are in full deployment. The remaining are at the early stages of research, testing, or evaluation with many network managers still trying to figure out where and how to use it. They are asking: “Is there enough pain in my current network to warrant an alternative like SDN?”  Most organizations – most mainstream enterprises – would answer, “No, not enough to warrant embracing these relatively immature technologies at this time.”
Important to note is the fact that there are two main types of SDN.  One type is the overlay network, which is purely software/virtual; the other is OpenFlow-based, which we call an underlay SDN.  Of the two, the virtual overlay is a more natural extension of existing virtual networks, as it uses tunneling and the existing network, so no new physical infrastructure is required. However, because it is typically managed by system administrators with little input from the network team, there are two areas of potential challenges. The first is to address network capacity planning and the second to ensure visibility into the encapsulated, tunneled traffic for satisfactory service delivery monitoring.
Q:  A big takeaway seems to be that now more than ever service providers and enterprises must be equipped with technology that provides key visibility and troubleshooting.  How important are these capabilities for enterprise and service providers to deliver quality services, build reliable networks?
Absolutely – as you can tell from prior answers, visibility has never been more important.  In the current environment there are more layers of technology, more dynamic aspects that come with virtualization, and with that, the more you must understand what’s going on and be able to piece together the full story. For example, how is that app being delivered? From where it’s being hosted to the consumer, what’s happening along the way to make it work? And, how is the quality and efficiency, what is experience of the consumer or end user? 
The picture is getting a whole lot more complex – all of the trends we have addressed – virtualization, SDN, big data, cloud...they all drive a heightened need for deep and accurate visibility.