Chapter 4

The Future of Wide Area Networks

Creating the perfect network for a new era

T. V. Lakshman

Kevin Sparks

Marina Thottan

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The essential vision

We are entering a new technological era with unprecedented demand to digitize everything, and with new value created from the automation of lives and systems. The network will be required to deliver information and entertainment content on a massive scale but with an economic outlay that is not vastly different than what we expend today. This requirement comes at a time when we have reached the physical limits of today’s network performance; so a top-to-bottom restructuring of networks is required, ...

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