With all the publicity about 5G and the
applications it can support, some may feel like they’re late to the party if
they’re still on 4G/LTE. The truth is, the 5th generation of
cellular is just getting started. But that’s about to change, and early 2020 is
the time for federal agencies to make sure they are ready.
Rolling out 5G
The telecoms have been deploying 5G networks in cities
across the country, but smartphones and other 5G-enabled mobile devices just
recently started hitting the market. That will change next year as the Federal
Communications Commission makes more progress on its 5G FAST rollout. The program includes making more
spectrum available, and as policies and regulations governing cellular service
are updated, industry will respond with more devices and cell towers – federal
agencies should have the foundation ready to move forward.
That means modernizing network infrastructure to support 5G,
as well as other innovations such as Wi-Fi 6 and private LTE. These
technologies are on the verge of being widely deployed, and CommScope’s
acquisition of Ruckus
and ARRIS has created the
trifecta of network modernization to help agencies adopt this next-generation
CLICK TO TWEET: Brian Wright explains why it is time for federal agencies to prepare and be ready for 5G.
5G allows for dramatic increases in the speed, coverage and
capacity of wireless networks to support the next-generation of technologies. Mobile
all the time, the Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing, virtual- and
augmented reality, and 4K-resolution content are just some of the
high-bandwidth demands that are becoming common throughout government—demands
that 5G can fully support.
People expect to connect easily and stay connected with low
latency, while moving seamlessly across internet-based programs -- government
agencies have the same expectations. Although 5G is expected to offer the most dramatic
difference yet in cellular communications, it won’t solve all the government’s
communications needs, specifically, in-building coverage.
Even with the potential capabilities of 5G, there are
concerns about maintaining coverage inside of buildings, where 80 percent of
mobile data is used. That could be a major problem for federal agencies.
Fortunately, there are additional wireless technologies that
support not only 5G, but private LTE and Wi-Fi 6. CommScope can address all the
wireless technologies, licensed and unlicensed, as well as the infrastructure
to enable the wireless connectivity. CommScope’s business, including
technologies from the recent acquisition, unlocks the full potential of the
- A complete suite of connectivity for metropolitan
areas, in-building structured cabling and small-cell solutions, and wireless
- End-to-end private networks
- Converged networking, access points, and LAN
CommScope’s Ruckus technology is a leader in wireless
innovation with the industry’s
first IoT- LTE-ready Wi-Fi 6-certified access point with peak data rates of up
to 4.8 Gbps. And, Ruckus was the first to introduce access points to support the
Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).
CommScope is ready for 5G, just like we’re ready
for Wi-Fi 6 and CBRS. We are excited to grow our federal partnerships to
modernize infrastructure for all three. Fast, stable, cellular connections are
foundational to today’s federal agencies.