It’s Throwback 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 June 13,
Raise your hand if you’ve used a fax machine in the last
week. Or dial-up Internet. Or a land line at home. I’m guessing you haven’t
used any of these things in a long time. All of them had their moments in the
sun, and all were innovations in their time. But with a networking world that
is becoming more converged, change happens fast, and there’s so much yet to
look forward to…
The ironic thing is that as the world becomes more
wireless, the more fiber networks are needed. It becomes essential to merge
wireless and fixed networks. But is your network ready? Can you keep up with
demand? It’s unprecedented, really:
- Mobile data traffic has grown 18-fold over the
past five years, per Cisco
predicts there will be 150 million 5G subscribers by 2021.
- By the end of the year, FTTH Council APAC/Ovum
say there will be 30 million new broadband subscribers in Asia-Pacific alone.
Most networks have both fixed and wireless connectivity. All
applications will at some point run through both. It’s the delivery of services
that needs to be increasingly more efficient to manage and implement.
CLICK TO TWEET:In this TFT from CommScope, we ask when the last time was you used a fax machine. Been a while, eh?
In the central office alone, there are a few things to
consider as we move to a converged world:
- Central offices are going to have to support
more services than they do today.
- Edge data center functionality will be deployed
in central offices.
- Fiber management equipment needs to maximize
accessibility to the outside plant fiber network.
- Equipment needs to be flexible to support
evolving deployment needs.
And there are key network challenges that occur when
thinking about all of this. But CommScope is here to help and look into the
“crystal ball,” if you will. You can register for an archived
webinar with Light Reading here, where we explore the impact of these
changes. Leave us a comment here when you finish; we’d love to hear your