In June the IEEE ratified the 802.11bb standard to relatively little acclaim. However, this standard opens up some pretty exciting possibilities. This article explores some of the ramifications that come along with having a global standard.
The work presented in this paper outlines the role of Optical Transport Networks (OTNs) in future networking generations. Furthermore, key emerging OTN technologies are discussed. Additionally, the role intelligence will play in the Management and Orchestration (MANO) of next-generation OTNs is discussed. Moreover, a set of challenges and opportunities for innovation to guide the development of future OTNs is considered.
In December 2022, NASA's TBIRD mission accomplished a truly remarkable feat by demonstrating a 100 Gbps data link from a satellite the size of a CubeSat using line of sight laser comms. If replicable reliably, the business implications for the telecoms industry could be significant.