Peter Karlsson, CommScope’s senior vice president of Global Enterprise Sales, made an interesting prediction at a recent conference in Dublin in front of scores of CommScope customers—customers who have great familiarity with structured cabling technology for office buildings and the like.

Peter explained how in the future that offices and other enterprise buildings still will feature lots and lots of copper and fiber cabling, as they do today, but that another wave of connectivity technology is coming fast, and that is wireless.

About 20 years ago, Peter explained, it was never a question that electrical and telephone cabling would be installed as a new building was constructed, but no one considered data connectivity back then.  Afterwards, personal computing took off and companies starting installing parallel networks to network the PCs and carry the resulting data traffic. Soon, about 10 years ago, it became commonly accepted that when you constructed a new office building, it came pre-installed with power, phone and IT infrastructure. 

“Today you’d look back and say, ‘Were those people crazy by not putting in IT infrastructure?’” Peter told the audience.  “My prediction is that in five years people will look back and say ‘Can you believe those people built brand new office buildings and complexes and nobody thought about how you’re going to take care of all that wireless traffic? Why didn’t they install wireless infrastructure?’  So I believe there’s going to be another wave of wireless structured cabling that will be put into the buildings as they are constructed because it makes a lot of sense—financially and technologically.”

Is Peter correct?  No one questions that wireless connectivity has become an in-building necessity in rapid time.  But will pre-installed wireless cabling within the enterprise be so quickly adopted that it becomes common-place in just five years?

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Rick Aspan

Rick Aspan, APR, is vice president of Corporate Communications at CommScope. A former journalist, he has more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications functions in the telecom, internet and networking industries at companies such as MCI, Ameritech and Tellabs.

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2 comments for "Will They Call Us Crazy in 5 Years?"
Tim Flagg, RCDD

I think Peter is right on the money about this subject. All one has to do is look at the burgeoning mobile communications market including 3G & 4G networks and it's like reading the writing on the wall. Wireless makes so much sense in the hypothetical example set forth in this article. What's exciting is that it's not so hypothetical. It's easy to visualize wireless networks assuming their "rightful" place in building construction. With that as a given, it's just as easy to see a need for wireless spectrum management in order to bring the entire network into an harmonious and application rich whole.

Rick Aspan

Hi Tim: Thanks for weighing in. Pre-installing wireless makes too much sense (and cents/dollars!) for this not to happen. You raise a great point about spectrum plays a key role. I'd love to see some spectrum management experts provide input here.

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