To help network operators stay ahead of bandwidth needs driven by 5G, AI and hyperscale data centers, Corning has announced a series of smaller, denser additions to its portfolio of long-haul fiber and cable innovations, including the world’s first smaller-form-factor submarine and terrestrial long-haul fibers in a 200-micron diameter.
As data center engineers and ICT professionals brace for the demands of new technologies such as 5G, edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and the continuing growth of software-defined networking (SDN) across the enterprise landscape, they need to prepare data center infrastructure and cabling to support these initiatives while ensuring scalability and flexibility.
Because of all the new requirements (e.g,. low latency, more bandwidth), new technologies (e.g. eCPRI) and new line rates (i.e. 10G, 25G) that 5G is imposing on the network, new testing practices must follow suit. Where bad splices or bad connections occurred in the past, 4G networks were quick to forgive, but 5G networks definitely won’t. So, unless thorough 5G testing practices are strictly followed, failure rates on new 5G deployments will increase.
5G has arrived – but 4G is still king: 4G was the world’s dominant mobile technology last year, supporting more than half (52 per cent) of global connections. Despite the emergence of 5G, 4G will continue to grow over the coming years, increasing to account for 56 per cent of connections by 2025.
II-VI Incorporated’s 25 Gbps Wavelength-Tunable Transceivers for 5G Fronthaul Earn 2020 Lightwave Innovation Reviews High Score
II‐VI’s 25 Gbps wavelength-tunable transceivers received an Innovation Reviews High Score from Lightwave Magazine. II-VI’s 25 Gbps wavelength-tunable transceivers meet the CPRI 10 standard for 25 Gbps fronthaul links in a standard SFP28 pluggable form factor and over the full industrial temperature range. The transceivers support dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) across the C-band, dramatically increasing transmission capacity per fiber, thus virtually eliminating capacity constraints due to fiber scarcity.
Are you up to speed on #5G? Join Art King & Shirish Nagaraj from Corning’s Advanced Technology team on Thurs., March 19 at 11:15 a.m. EST as they dig deeper into 5G, its capabilities, & what it will take to get us there.
For investors, the real money may come from companies that make the high-tech components that will be used in 5G. One crucial element of 5G networks is fiber. Fiber optic stocks could be the biggest beneficiaries of 5G. LITE, CIEN and IIVI stock are three good places for investors to start.
Verizon, in conjunction with Ciena and Juniper Networks, have demonstrated the ability to move 800 Gbps of data on a single wavelength. The successful trial on Verizon’s live fiber network showed equipment interoperability from two different suppliers and the capability to quadruple the typical capacity carried on a wavelength. The test traffic was transmitted between two Juniper Networks QFX 5220 packet platforms across two Ciena 6500 platforms powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) coherent optics.
VIAVI’s new whitepaper examines some of the impacts 5G will have on 4G services and the hurdles operators face, as well as offering advice and guidance for operators on how best to maintain their position in the 5G race, while avoiding degradation to the 4G QoS.
5G promises lightning-fast speeds, no lag time, and increased densities — a critical piece to make autonomous vehicles and smart cities a reality. So, why aren’t cars driving themselves yet? The answer is that even though the technology needed to transmit the data exists, there’s not enough power to get it there. Integrating distributed power to high-speed communications and IT nodes seems like a logical fix to the problem. This is valid in concept, but not so easy to implement. Because distributed power combines multiple renewable sources to provide flexible, efficient electricity, it can be somewhat difficult to match generation and consumption.