We all know 5G is coming and in some places, it is already here, but what does this mean for business networks and how do we adapt to 5G networking? Connectivity is changing fast. 5G isn’t just on the way. It’s effectively here. It will be up to leading-edge companies and early adopters to take the technology from testing to widespread use, but the days of wonder how far away it is are gone. Any business with any level of connectivity demand is going to have to face this next upgrade path. It can be folded into your IoT or other data-intense projects, or you can simply futureproof. Regardless of the motivation, it’s vital to start planning today.
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Ericsson plans to build its first fully-automated smart factory in the U.S. that will produce advanced antenna system radios for 5G deployments in North America. Ericsson’s direct investment is about $100 million, which will kick in during the third quarter of this year, the company told FierceWireless. The Swedish vendor said the radios will be designed to boost network capacity and coverage, including in rural areas, as well as 5G radios for urban areas.
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5G will happen in the airy realm of radio waves. To get there, big telecoms have to harness underused parts of the spectrum. But there’s another crucial part underlying this system: lowly cable. Huge numbers of new transmitters will be needed to relay all that data to your phone, and many of those transmitters will still connect to the internet through fiber-optic cable—glass as thin as strands of hair carrying pulses of light. To make it all work, companies, including OFS Optics, a fiber-optics and cable company, are now being commissioned to produce millions of miles of new cable holding twice as many fiber pairs—two strands, one for the uplink and one for the downlink—as the old stuff.
The importance of fibre to 5G cannot be overstated. One recent Deloitte Consulting report* stated that in the United States alone, up to $150 billion will have to be invested in fibre over several years to adequately support broadband buildouts, rural connectivity and wireless deployments.
5G is the cool-sounding name everybody uses for the next generation of cellular wireless. Changes in the wireless protocols and use of different radio frequencies are aimed at increasing the bandwidth capacity of 5G to about 100 times greater than the current 4G LTE cellular systems. These goals, if achieved, will enable wireless connections to equal the bandwidth of current Wi-Fi and fiber-to-the-home networks. To achieve those goals, wireless companies must overcome several technical and financial barriers including installing more fibers to the cell sites and denser urban cellular sites using small cells with a coverage of a few blocks or less.
For many businesses, water quality monitoring is about more than safeguarding drinking water. Water monitoring programs are implemented for a wide variety of reasons—even for reasons unrelated to the quality of the water itself. And today, it’s easier than ever to find out whatever you need or want to know about your specific water-related application thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). So how are “smart” water quality monitoring systems using the IoT being applied? Below are some of the use cases we’re seeing most commonly.