Fiber Thursday – CommScope’s effort to re-post popular blogs from the last year
that have to do with all things fiber. Do they still hold true? Do you see any
changes? We’d love to have a conversation. Post your comments and questions
below. This blog was originally posted
on February 15, 2017, looking at trends for the year.
dive into 2017, one thing is certain: Consumers will undoubtedly benefit from
convergence. While this subject most likely didn’t make most
people’s New Year’s resolutions or annual bucket lists, consumer behavior and
digital usage are already pushing network operators and managers to enhance
network infrastructure to provide more reliable and efficient digital services.
Consumers expect quick and seamless
connections so they can access the information they need wherever and
whenever they need it to accomplish the things that matter most to them;
therefore, leading to the necessity of network convergence.
this year, our blog series will highlight current events, real-world examples
of network convergence, and industry trends demonstrating why consumer habits
will drive more integrated and efficient networks. The topics below are just a
few of the reasons network convergence will continue to be an important topic
The Expanding Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution will
most certainly influence the need for more network convergence. As consumers
continue to integrate their homes, vehicles, offices, etc., they expect to
access that information from anywhere. This Samsung
refrigerator commercial provides a perfect example of how
common items are being used to transform how people live and stay
CLICK TO TWEET:Do these CommScope trends stand up one year later?
Integration of Digital Services
service providers are also looking to integrate their services with other
digital applications in order to provide an overall experience for their
consumers. As a result, consumers will expect access to multiple services
during the same digital interaction. Uber has been on the leading edge of this
trend through integrating services in an “Uber Feed,” which
currently includes UberEats, Yelp, Snapchat, WeChat and Foursquare. Their
vision has expanded from transportation services to an integrated approach of
knowing what their customers want before their customers even realize it. This
type of service will depend on highly-integrated and efficient network
The Virtualization of Data
virtualization is another area that, with the increased use of cloud-based
applications, is rapidly growing and is leading to the need for more
convergence. As consumers need more space to store their ever-growing data,
they now have access to multiple options that offer affordable, secure virtual
spaces to house and analyze their information. Major companies like Amazon Web
Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure are all trying
to meet this need and will be looking to enhance their data center
infrastructures to keep up with demand.
Content is King
more than ever before, consumers have come to expect instant access to content
via social media, streaming platforms and ecommerce sites. Quality content can
engage consumers, increase web traffic and encourage purchasing decisions.
Operators who have combined wireless and wireline network services are now
looking to acquire content companies, as AT&T has by
acquiring Time Warner. Furthermore, content providers are also
interested in merging with network providers so they will own both the content
and the means to deliver it. Network convergence will be imperative to
combining these services and efficiently bringing content to consumers.
The Transition to 5G
consumers pursue faster mobile speeds and increased capabilities on multiple
devices, the 5G network
will become imperative for everyday communications. Also known as a Network of
Networks, 5G inherently depends on multiple networks converging to create an
overall communications infrastructure. With an estimated 20 billion “things” added
to the IoT by 2020—and speeds of 10 Gbps per subscriber—consumers will most
certainly expect to take advantage of the digital benefits offered by 5G
are many other consumer and digital changes that will influence the need for
more network convergence. What other network convergence topics do you think
will be important in 2017 and beyond?