our children were toddlers, I remember frequently asking my wife if she could
postpone using the phone so I could check my e-mails. Back then, e-mail was usually accessed via dial-up
telephone lines, forcing families like ours to choose between making a phone
call and using the internet—you couldn’t do both at the same time. Home internet connections were dreadfully slow
with 14.4 kbps modems being the standard.
should see us now. My sons and I are
streaming live Liverpool games while my wife is watching The Crown on Netflix. Each
family member has multiple WhatsApp groups where we share videos and
photos. I’d say we’re often fully using
our household’s 100 Mbps allocation.
can only imagine what our home will be like in the next 20 years as 3D HDTV,
4K, 8K and virtual reality (VR) video takes over our bandwidth-hungry society.
Gimme Fibre Day
This week we celebrate ‘Gimme Fibre Day,’
otherwise known as the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Sir Charles Kuen Kao, the
man who changed the way the world communicates by transmitting light in fibers
for optical communication.
outset, fiber-optic technology has enabled broadband speeds. Gigabit or 1,000 Mbps is about 100 times
higher than the internet speed we’re receiving at home today. Without fiber, many things we rely on would
be impossible: banking, working from home, online shopping, streaming audio and
video, using mobile phones and tablets and healthcare applications.
increasing speed, we are evolving into a global digital society. This is
profoundly transforming the way we live, work, learn and thrive. Access to fiber is a key component for businesses with
companies even more under pressure to deliver on a global scale.
Here are three areas for the region to consider as we
look toward 2019:
Federal and local
government funding plays an important role in stimulating development of
network infrastructure, tightly coupled with GDP growth. Europe, the United States and thriving
economic centers in Asia Pacific (e.g. Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong) are leading the
when it comes to the provision of fast, reliable broadband, which suggests a
relationship between available bandwidth and economic health. The emerging narrative is that countries with a focus on
fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) are pulling far ahead. Norway, Sweden and Denmark
are among those countries in Europe leading on speed, according to Cable.co.uk.
Fostering the most skilled next generation of workers
requires a best-in-class education system, and - today - this is underpinned by
access to technology and connectivity to enable the rapid exchange of
information and ideas. Investment
in fiber represents a huge step forward for young learners in rural and
Education through online services will be underpinned
by high quality video-based content, which will have an exponential impact on
the data speeds and capacity required for our schools, colleges and other
places of learning. This massive increase in the need for speed means
that only deep fiber deployment into rural areas will satisfy such demand.
Make light work for each
organization. The properties of light
make it the fastest carrier of information.
New services, technologies and increased competition are driving network
operators to increase bandwidth. To make
a truly ‘smart’ choice, one needs to examine the complete picture, fully
understand the options and tradeoffs and develop a complete long-term business
plan while balancing immediate and future requirements.
If you want to know more, check out our e-Book or leave a comment for
one of our fiber experts.