While most of the East Coast was digging out of a major January snowstorm, the folks in the metro fiber market were proving their savvy by meeting in Miami Beach for the annual Metro Connect event at the Eden Roc hotel.
This is event which draws a crowd of familiar faces, almost familial, but also very competitive. This year, the Metro Connect vibe was decidedly upbeat as these competitive fiber network operators look at soaring demand for bandwidth, driven by data center interconnect, wireless network backhaul and small cell "densification," soaring online video content, cloud services and much more. (See Metro Connect Bubbles With Optimism).
The metro landscape is definitely being reshaped as the edge of the network blossoms with data centers, and that was a major discussion point in Miami. This market is also being continually reshaped by startups, mergers and acquisitions, and all of that was up for debate as well.
Here's a look at the event in pictures. Click on the first image to start the slideshow:
Welcome to the Eden Roc
The Metro Connect crowd meets here annually. It's a bit of a throwback to the Jackie Gleason era in Miami, but with great WiFi.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading