With the roll-out of 5G, it’s more important than ever for service providers to have a clear, complete and up-to-the-minute view of radio site performance and capacity. Knowing the current status of all site equipment helps service providers plan and manage their networks much more effectively. It optimizes capital expenditure, increases network availability, and improves operational efficiency.
5G—and all the data-hungry applications it will enable—will force a radical reimagining of the scope and environment in which data centers operate. Challenges in the data center and access network have the same familiar ring. It comes down to fiber, capacity and the ability to manage and grow physical layer infrastructure.
The Senate companion to the Secure and Trusted Communications Network Act is a critical step in securing our network and ensuring the integrity of the telecommunications supply chain as we usher in the 5G era. TIA applauds this decisive action to support efforts for the replacement of equipment that raises national security risks with equipment from trusted suppliers. By passing the Act, Congress is also sending a clear signal to the global industry that the U.S. will continue to lead the way on 5G security.
5G is changing the main source of revenue for communications service providers (CSPs). With 4G, most revenue came from cellphone subscriptions. But connected devices—many tied to Industry 4.0 applications like remote patient monitoring and synchronized production-line robots—are expected to drive 95% of new revenues in the 5G era (Ericsson, 2017). This will ramp up quickly; GSMA predicts there will be five times more connected devices than humans by 2025 (2019 stat).
If the industry is to realize the promised benefits of IoT, we must increase the ability to support more machine-to-machine communications in near-real time, where latency requirements are on the order of a couple of milliseconds. Satisfying these requirements involves a radical rethink about how and where we deploy assets throughout the network. Link reliability will be every bit as critical as latency and will involve multiple failovers wherever that data is being transported.
Edge computing represents the next challenge to data center and infrastructure engineers. Why? Data centers have grown so big that, now, highly distributed, small deployments are preferred in many cases. The low-latency requirement for new technologies means that 5G deployments on the edge will be the next wave of new facility builds.
The battle for #5G supremacy is heating up. The new VIAVI report, “The State of 5G Deployments,” found that commercial #5G networks have been deployed in 378 cities across 34 countries. Find out more 5G facts here: https://buff.ly/2VnCDVx
What do AR/VR, cloud gaming, smart cities, 5G, autonomous vehicles, healthcare sensors, surveillance and facial recognition all have in common? The need for low-latency connectivity enabled by networks architected with edge computing. For some service providers, edge computing trials have already started. For others, edge computing plans won’t be formulated for a few years. But, whether they’ve already devised their edge compute strategy or haven’t yet begun, the first question they need to ask themselves is: “How do we define edge computing?”
The Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub, lit with Verizon’s 5G ultra wideband service, is exploring how the superior bandwidth, super-fast speeds and ultra-low latency of 5G could redefine patient care with real-time data analytics, supporting solutions such as connected ambulances, remote physical therapy and next-generation medical imaging. EHIH will be able to test how 5G could enhance augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) applications for medical training, enable telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, and provide point of care diagnostic and imaging systems from the ambulance to the ER.
In its outlook for 2020, R&M has identified 8 key trends spanning across public, data center and local area networks.These include: Convergence, Single Pair Ethernet vs. Field Bus, Leveraging FTTX, WDM and Blown Microfiber, Leveraging 5G, Greater Importance of the Edge, High Density Data Centers, and Automated Infrastructure Management in Data Centers.