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The Ethernet of Today and Tomorrow

Isn’t it amazing to see how far internet use and connectivity has come, and how much it’s grown, in such a relatively short amount of time? Think of the connectivity of a decade ago, and where we are today—the progress is incredible. As it’s progressed, so too has the amount of data, thanks to media streaming, mobile devices, Virtual Private Networks, and more. In fact, the amount of data increases about 200% every single year.650px-Ethernet_RJ45_connector_p1160054

This means that there must be a telecommunications solution that meets these enormous and growing needs.  Many believe that solution is Ethernet—the computer networking technology that has replaced wired LANs and has evolved greatly since its beginnings, with higher bandwidth, better reliability, and improved media access control methods.

In this article, it’s said that “Ethernet promises to bring about the same revolution in access networking that it triggered in enterprise networking by delivering fast, simple, inexpensive, reliable, interoperable, and ubiquitous connectivity.”

The article goes on to describe the far-reaching, long-lasting scope of Ethernet: “More than 85 percent of all installed network connections and more than 95 percent of all local area networks (LANs) are Ethernet-based, making it the most widely deployed wireline network technology in the history of telecommunication.” Definitely impressive numbers, and the reasons why many network operators continue to choose Ethernet to deliver their data, voice, and video services. It’s reliable, efficient, and cost-effective.

To meet consumer needs, telecommunications operators now rely on Ethernet over the former copper-wire connections and point-to-point fiber, again for its simpler, less expensive advantages. And just as Ethernet has come a long way since a decade ago, and has made leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings, we can expect that the near future will see even more advancement. Every day researchers are developing methods of Ethernet acceleration and evolution, and there’s no telling what the future holds—but you can be sure that Ethernet will be a part of it.

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