During a keynote at
Mobile World Congress 2017, the CEO and founder of a well-known technology and
multimedia company received only one question from the audience: “What will the
future look like in the next 10 years?”
The audience was used to hearing from other
technology futurists attempting to predict the future and describing the impact
of new business models, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality,
Internet of Things, smart cities, connected cars and intuitive networks to name
However, this person surprised
the audience when he said, “I really don’t know.” After a deep silence, he
continued to say that what he did know was that they were going to remain agile and flexible, with an attitude toward change that will enable them to
adapt to future scenarios.
In today’s enterprise
environments, there is no doubt that indoor mobility is playing a key role.
From the user’s perspective, reliable wireless connectivity is expected in
every area of the building, no matter the technology. From the building owner’s
perspective, mobility represents
a significant impact to the business in terms of property value,
differentiation, tenant retention, employee productivity and other areas.
Existing wireless technologies are evolving.
New technologies are being developed and are looking to have a place in the
rich enterprise environment. Wi-Fi continues to evolve beyond 802.11ac with the upcoming
802.11ax, further increasing the efficiency and throughput per user.
the copper cabling that connects access points to switches must support not
only higher backbone speeds but also higher power delivery. DAS has evolved to better serve
buildings and enterprises, like
uses a compact head-end and all-digital fronthaul to enable it to operate over
structured cabling. Small cells have evolved in the form of C-RAN small cells like
where multiple distributed radio nodes are connected to a centralized baseband
unit using structured cabling systems.
CLICK TO TWEET: Existing wireless technologies are
evolving, and copper is at the heart of it.
In order to support both existing and future
technologies, natural questions arise among IT managers and owners:
- Which wireless technologies are going to be dominant in the
enterprise space in the coming years?
- How are
licensed and unlicensed technologies going to coexist in the future?
- Is there any approach that can be deployed today and be
flexible enough to support wireless technologies now and in the future
with minimum interruption to office operations?
The wireless technologies described above are
enabling mobility by using standard copper IT infrastructure to deliver data
and power. Because of that, an integrated approach is the recommended
architecture to support wireless and other applications for buildings.
Connectivity Grid is a common connectivity platform that provides infrastructure
efficiencies from the design phase to the operations phase of a building.
Product and installation efficiencies can be identified at the design phase and
realized at the installation phase by addressing common media and pathway
requirements. Maximum operational efficiency can be realized by deploying a
grid-based layout with distribution boxes to improve administration and
minimize the cost and disruption when providing additional services or space
6A cabling provides
high bandwidth and remote powering capabilities to support legacy and emerging
building applications, and provides the foundation for state-of-the-art
The bottom line is this: while a known future
is uncertain, we’re certainly ready for it. CommScope has the capability and
knowledge to get others ready for it, too. How are you preparing?