The transition from TDM to IP communications has been underway by enterprises and SMBs for a long time. A few years ago, it was estimated that 85% of enterprises leverage VoIP – and, more recently, 12% of SMBs – have discovered it, as well. Service providers have, for the most part, been less aggressive to state the value of the transition. That is, until now. AT&T and other service providers have begun to develop end of life plans for their TDM networks moving away from T1s to Ethernet-based connectivity. This is driving growth in two areas: EFM (Ethernet in the First Mile) and EAD (Ethernet Access Device). Infonetics estimates that worldwide Ethernet access device (EAD) revenue rose 11% in 2013 over 2012, up to $958 million, as carriers expand their networks with Ethernet services.
Michael Howard, Infonetics analyst, stated, with regard to this service provider activity, “This bodes well for EFM bonded copper and fiber EADs, on which we expect operators to spend a cumulative $5.6 billion worldwide over the five years from 2014 to 2018.”
Dave Lewis, ANPI CEO, has been stressing the need for the ILECs to begin planning for how they will use their existing TDM plant and new IP services to support their existing customers and prospect for new customers. CLECs – such as MegaPath, XO and others – have been offering Ethernet-based services for some time as the demand for legacy TDM products diminishes. This is trend is further supported by analysts who have identified that, in addition to the use of Ethernet for transport, SIP Trunks are expected to overtake T1s as the most sold form of broadband for businesses in 2015.
AT&T has requested permission from the FCC to complete the transition from TDM to IP by 2020. The FCC has agreed to allow AT&T to conduct multiple trials to demonstrate the quality of service, new IP-based services and an improvement in overall support. Given that, it is not surprising that other large service providers in both the US and around the world are also making similar requests. Notably, British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom and Verizon are actively evolving their networks.
Finally, in conjunction with the transition, service offerings are changing, as well. Carriers are moving away from long-term circuit contracts and, in the case of Verizon, drive customers off their ATM and frame relay networks.
If you read my blog regularly, you know I enjoy cooking as much as I enjoy marketing. You also know, then, that I like to share the occasional recipe from my personal collection. Bon appetite.
Grilled Porterhouse Steak
- 1 – 1 ½” thick Porterhouse steak
- 2 teaspoons White Seasoning Mix (see below)
- Freshly cracked pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Place a rack on a small cookie sheet or pizza pan. Place steak on top of rack and put into a refrigerator uncovered for at least two days. Remove from the refrigerator, allowing the beef to come to room temperature prior to cooking. Rub both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle white seasoning mixture on both sides. Heat either gas or charcoal grill. Rub the grates with the remaining oil when hot. Grill for four minutes per side or to desired doneness.
White Seasoning Mix
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Mix all ingredients and store in a jar.