you remember what information technology was like 20 to 30 years ago? A
cross-country telephone conversation would often start with, “Please hurry, I’m
calling long distance.” When content was urgent, documents were read over the
phone. A “fast” PC connection was one where theAmerican Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text would display faster
than you could read it. Electronic typewriters with memory were hot items. Things
sure have changed drastically.
the changes one thing is apparent; optimizing
the cost per bit has been a factor in technology adoption. Decisions made
on passive infrastructure solutions should be no different. The impact that they
have on facilitating a better cost per bit is a simple yet effective measure of
the solution’s value.
In both wired
and wireless voice and data networks, disrupting technologies are having a
big effect on the cost structure of transporting a bit over any distance. Three
basic technologies – microelectronics, storage, and photonics – are disrupting the communications market place.
applications need increased bandwidth and improved network infrastructure. These
technology changes along with the proliferation of IP networked devices are
driving the march to next generation networks. The industry is embracing
limitless bandwidth based on the lowest operational cost of transporting a bit
per kilometer. I believe only the “infrastructurally
enabled” will survive.
Is Your Network
owners need to put in the most coverage, capacity and bandwidth they can
justify, knowing it will quickly be consumed. Our imagination of how it will be
consumed is only limited by our wallet. The statement of “I want it” is always
balanced by “can I afford it?” Once the degree of need overcomes the
price/affordability hurdle, the purchase can be made.
Network designers are seeking to rid network
architectures of costly and increasingly unnecessary hierarchies, while
optimizing their networks to eliminate
delay or latency. Like the virtually free transistors on a microprocessor,
latency-free networks and virtually free bits will spur the development of new
applications. When transport costs are no longer a barrier to market adoption,
the demand for these applications mushroom – resulting in a second order impact
of increased capacity demand.
What has this to
do with network’s passive infrastructures?
Well, it is clear increased bandwidth is emerging
in the wide area and access networks, both fixed line and mobile, and at a low
cost per bit. The hardware at home, at work and on the go will continue to increase
its capability with a reduced cost per bit. The electronics that link this
hardware to the network are increasing in performance also with a reduced cost
per bit. So surely the trend for passive infrastructures is no different. The
right choice of infrastructure should consider its ability to optimize the cost
per bit of the network.
The term “passive infrastructure” denotes the
widest possible coverage of transmission media used in networks today:
- Copper (twisted pair and coax)
- Fiber optic
- RF wireless
As the name
suggests, the focus is on the parts of the network often hidden in the wall,
underground or above the streets, rather than the “active” components of a
network that often get most attention. Passive infrastructure training is designed
to give students a firm grounding in the connectivity
used to and from active devices on a
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