Data at the speed of light
Fibre and related technology key to meeting future networking needs
We are in the early stages of what may be the greatest transformation of networking yet, driven by mobility, video consumption and cloud.
These emerging consumer behaviours and technology trends are straining networks globally and require new thinking regarding infrastructure requirements of the future, notes Joseph Habib, head of service providers, CommScope Middle East and Africa.
To address current bandwidth needs requires a convergence of network technology, including outdoor cellular towers infrastructure, small cells, distributed antenna systems, fibre optic connectivity and data centre infrastructure. CommScope is well-positioned to meet these demands through its fibre technologies, says Habib.
High-speed fibre networks will support the demands of the future’s mobile population. CommScope’s Wideband multimode fibre (WBMMF) solution is built to contribute to the next generation data centres, considering it fits the requirements of 100G and 400G and extends the adaptability of multimode data centres, Habib says.
CommScope’s Fibre Indexing Solution now offers the advantages of plug & play solution for the deployment of FTTH distribution networks, combined with the benefits of a daisy chain topology in the access network with hardened connectivity. This allows organisations to deploy fibre up to 7 times faster, reduce the amount of cable required by up to 70 percent and eliminate the need for fibre splicing, says Ehab Kanary, head of enterprise, CommScope, MEA.
“The daisy chain topology reduces the amount of cable needed and hardened multi-fibre optical connectors eliminate laborious and costly fibre splicing, thus speeding deployment and reducing overall costs,” Kanary adds.
One way to address bandwidth demands is through Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) technology, considered the fastest and most reliable way to access the Internet. FTTH opens the door to a wide range of services and applications, both for entertainment and productivity, delivered right to the home or the office, observes Kanary. These include video communication with family & friends, video-on-demand, online gaming, teleworking e-health services and much more.
“As far as deployment speed is concerned, fibre indexing deployment can be seven times faster than classic technologies,” says Kanary, adding, “Cost savings enabled by fibre indexing can be significant as well. The daisy chain topology reduces the amount of cable needed by up to 70 percent and hardened multi-fibre optical connectors substantially eliminate laborious and costly fibre splicing, further reducing overall costs.”
With the increasing need to deliver more data for less money, network operators will continue to focus on improving their networks’ efficiency while keeping an eye on improved energy efficiency.
Over the last decade, Power over Ethernet (PoE) has emerged as a key powering strategy allowing network managers, installers and integrators to use structured cabling to provide both power and data to many of their network devices, observes Habib.