Telecom operators, carriers and service providers are just as important to the telecommunication business as data centers. It is therefore impossible to talk about one without considering the other.
A wide range of applications in a telecom operator network are related, either directly or indirectly, to data center operations, and various different subsystems may be converged or integrated over the data center, such as telephone and mobile services, distributed content or video delivery and cloud infrastructure.
Outside Plant (OSP) cables connect telecom data centers to other data centers, telecom operators, cloud providers, edge data centers etc. to run a specific service running over the telecom data center. Cross-connects are largely deployed on the IT rooms to ensure that these services are delivered correctly.
To better utilise the available network infrastructure and add more computing capabilities, some central offices are currently being re-architectured as telecom data centers (CORD – Central Office Re-architectured as Data center). In connection with this, the concept of Centralised Radio Access Networks (C-RAN) is gaining in popularity.
The integration of different functions over the telecom data center or central office infrastructure is driving the popularisation of concepts such as NFV (Network Function Virtualisation) and SDN (Software-Defined Network) that target hardware cost reduction and increased network efficiency.
Modern applications such as virtual and augmented reality, large-scale IoT (Internet of Things) and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), streaming services, video surveillance and others require low-latency interconnections at high bandwidth. We are moving into a new era of edge data centers, where the infrastructure becomes diversified and telecom data center operators have the opportunity to become pioneers of new technology.
Historically, telecom operators provided telephone, television and internet services, and they now have vast and well-connected infrastructures. In addition to their primary business model, many telecom data centers are becoming commercial data centers. Customers can benefit from the existing cabling infrastructure and a robust IT landscape that has proven itself over many years.
Telecom data centers hold an extensive amount of fibers to ensure that all services are delivered properly and at high speed. The high demand for bandwidth leaves fiber as the only option.
HUBER+SUHNER is proud to actively contribute to telecom operators on all continents, thereby allowing the delivery of reliable services for their data centers: connecting today and beyond.
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