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John Hawkins

Senior Advisor, Product and Technical Marketing at Ciena

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The History of Carrier Ethernet

May 18, 2016

The story of Ethernet continues to evolve, even today.

In this article, my colleague Bo Gowan shares a timeline of innovation in Ethernet and other memorable tech moments. Bo is the Social Media lead at Ciena.

Ethernet has been around for decades and has claimed the title of the superior Local Area Networking (LAN) technology of choice. The ubiquity and popularity of Ethernet technology has helped drive its use outside the LAN and into the WAN and service provider networks.

In fact, the story of Ethernet and its expansion into the ubiquitous Carrier Ethernet services of today is one of continuous evolution that started in the 1970s.  Even today, the story of Ethernet continues to evolve as ever faster Ethernet speeds and new technologies like SDN/NFV continue to shape how Ethernet is used in the network.

The below graphic gives a quick look at the key developments in the history of Ethernet from its origins back in the 70s, as well as memorable moments in the history of how our world connects.

This article originally appeared on the Ciena Insights blog.

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