NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and a Tier-1 global IP network services provider, today reflected on key trends in the broadband and IP transit industry in 2011, as well as predicted major themes for 2012. Michael Wheeler, vice president, NTT Communications Global IP Network, NTT America, outlined the following developments that shaped the industry landscape in 2011 and will continue to affect the industry throughout the coming year: Increased Industry Consolidation 2011 brought a flurry of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the market, with Verizon’s acquisition of Terremark, CenturyLink’s acquisition of Qwest and Savvis, Level 3’s acquisition of Global Crossing and, most recently, Windstream’s acquisition of PAETEC. Wheeler predicts that 2012 will bring increased consolidation in the industry, particularly as service providers look to grow their businesses into the cloud. He cited Verizon’s acquisition of Terremark as an example of this trend that has already materialized. “The motivators for the majority of the M&A activity in 2011 can be traced back to two driving factors: scale and scope. The acquisitions by Qwest, Level 3 and Windstream were largely driven by scale – expanding their services into new markets they didn’t previously have a presence in or access to,” Wheeler said. “Verizon, on the other hand, is an example of a scope play. Terremark added services to the Verizon portfolio that it didn’t have before, specifically in the cloud services space.” Wheeler notes that NTT America has continued to make investments in its NTT Communications Global IP Network, adding new markets such as Latin America in 2011 and preparing to add new technologies such as 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GigE) in 2012. Internet Growth Driving Need for New Technologies The Internet continues to grow at an exponential rate, with video content being the largest contributor. As a result, new technologies are emerging to alleviate the pressure that this growth places on networks.
One such technology is 100GigE ports, which Wheeler predicts will see their first deployments in early 2012 and reach mass deployment in 2016 and 2017. Wheeler said Internet service providers (ISPs) will lead the way in the deployment of 100GigE, driven by the need to better accommodate the transit of video content from a cost and service perspective.“Companies that are expecting significant growth in the next 3-5 years should look toward 100GigE as a method of reducing the complexity of their networks as well as streamlining costs,” Wheeler said. “For companies like Comcast, Hulu and Netflix that rely on video to generate revenue, the ability to reduce the complexity of running multiple ports and splitting content will not only be a cost-effective upgrade, but it will ensure that they maintain the quality of service that customers demand.” In addition, Wheeler noted that another result of the exponential growth of the Internet and Internet-connected devices is the increased sophistication of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. As more and more devices emerge that can be connected to the Internet – such as smart phones, gaming consoles and tablets – the risk of DDoS attacks becomes greater and greater. This increased sophistication of attacks, which are focused no longer on volume but instead on precision, underscore the need for DDoS protection services. Continued Growth of Latin American Market On the heels of the opening of its Sao Paulo, Brazil-based global IP network Point of Presence (PoP) in September 2011, NTT America will continue to invest in the LATAM region in 2012. Wheeler said the largest challenge that the Latin American broadband market will face in 2012 is the ability to grow the number of users on the network. Without the multitude of Internet-connected devices that contribute to network growth in other established regions, Latin American service providers will struggle to grow and invest in their networks without a continually growing subscriber base.
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