Industry Insights – Vic McClelland: “Ciena CTO Says No to Skynet, Advocates Adaptive Networks”

Industry News & Publications - June 2018

In his interview with Light Reading Editor Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Ciena CTO Steve Alexander makes some excellent points about the need for networks to be adaptive and adaptive networks are certainly needed.

However, in my opinion, replacing all of the microwave links in a network with fiber, where microwave links serve as the main technology used for backhaul, if attempted, will be expensive and likely take years. What is needed is a wireless solution that is compatible with adaptive networking. Enter Alex 1.0, Collinear’s Hybrid FSO / E-Band RF solution that is fully programmable.

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