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Posted by James Donovan on 6 December 2017 Connect with James on LinkedIn Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

As demand for bandwidth (and network infrastructure) increases, skilled infrastructure experts are required to meet this demand. In this post we explore why now is the time to future proof your skills to prepare.

Increased bandwidth demands require increased infrastructure knowledge. Are you prepared?

Network planning has never been an easy process, however it can probably be summarized in a relatively simple equation.

Data Centralization + IP Convergence = Large amounts of aggregated bandwidth in the backbone and data centers

We are faced with growing bandwidth needs to the user, in the backbone and in the datacenters to support applications such as Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), high-performance computing, multi-site collaboration, streaming multi-media, data warehousing and cloud computing.

But what’s the answer to this challenge?

Over the past 30 years, network developments have taken parallel paths for both optical-fiber and copper transmission media; various methods were developed, including Token Ring, Fiber Channel, Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), and Ethernet.

Of all the Local Area Network (LAN) protocols, Ethernet is clearly the market favorite. As Ethernet evolves to higher-speed forms, it addresses the needs of customers with a cost-effective reliable solution to their data networking needs. Additionally, switched Ethernet networks have shown themselves to be extremely robust, performing over every physical media layer available, from twisted pair cables to all types of fiber-optic cables, and almost all network traffic today starts out as Ethernet and IP traffic.

Therefore, building Ethernet networks with the next step up in speed is the easiest way to scale enterprise and service-provider networks. 10G moves the decimal point from one to ten gigabits per second, and 100G will move it one step further, enabling Ethernet to match and exceed speeds of the fastest technology in metropolitan area networks (MANs) and wide-area networks (WANs).

Higher network speeds will continue to evolve due to steadily increasing bandwidth demands, coupled with the reducing cost of interface electronics and the advancing adoption of technologies such as cloud computing. The aggregation effects of user bandwidth drives even higher speeds in the datacenters and network backbones.

Which technology should you learn about?

So what technology should you learn about to prepare for the future of network infrastructure?

As the network requirements in both the wired and wireless world fuel the need for high reliability, low delay, high bandwidth and extended distances, fiber optic solutions reach deeper and deeper into the network.

If you are hedging your bets on which technology to learn about, wireless and fiber optics – and passive infrastructure as a whole –  has to be up near the top of the list.

Looking at specific courses, CommScope’s Passive Infrastructure Specialist Courses can help you to get ahead in the growing network infrastructure market. These courses cover everything you need to know; from RF Wireless Infrastructure Fundamentals, to Fiber Optic Infrastructure, to Structured Cabling Design and more. You can take a look at the full course listing here.