Telecom service providers don’t need to choose one or the other between MPLS and SD-WAN. In fact, they shouldn’t.
Telecom standards have been incredibly beneficial establishing baseline service quality and performance, but they may stand in the way of innovation if followed too closely.
Free-space optics may present a viable solution to many communications obstacles.
Telecom customer-facing cloud portals should offer a combination of simplicity, responsiveness and convenience.
SDN can improve the performance and efficiency of any communication medium, but laser-based and orbital systems, in particular, show tremendous potential of uninterrupted, on-demand communications.