A common theme in the convergence of network and wireless systems is the expanded use of IP (Internet Protocol) to enable communication between a wide array of devices.
As we know from traditional networking, this convergence will drive the use of standard infrastructure solutions for multiple systems. A common network and infrastructure for voice/data and wireless systems is a logical solution.
Not only does using one high performance infrastructure to replace several dedicated ones save money today, it also opens the way to greater savings in the future. High quality, standards-based infrastructures will easily support growing numbers of mobile devices, cameras, sensors and controllers needed by new systems and support network capacity challenges.
For the latest wireless DAS and other small cell systems, use of high performance twisted pair cabling and fiber optic connectivity enables easy migration from legacy cellular networks to 3G, 4G and LTE as they become the norm.
Wireless is the ‘next utility’ that makes a connected society and connected business possible. The consolidation of wired and wireless networks and their applications brings together several services or resources within one physical or virtual location. This is also driving demand for central storage and data center/head end facilities.
Some commentators and vendors try to create an adversarial position between wired and wireless networks and the infrastructure technology associated with them, as if one technology was capable of replacing the other. This may make good headlines or grab some customers attention, but it is far from reality and the best interest of customers and service providers.
The reality is that wireless does not replace the wired network; in fact the need for wireless deployment means that you will require more cable than before. Wireless provides mobility; it does not meet the ever increasing bandwidth needs of all parts of the network as it is not designed to do this, in terms of bandwidth, management, the number of users and business critical applications.
The power and benefits come when wired and wireless technology is used in harmony, they compliment one another and tackle network capacity challenges.
One technology in particular is enabling convergence, that is optical fiber technology. 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 will reach deeper and deeper into the network, regardless of type.
Fiber optic solutions address all aspects of technology from service providers to enterprises, from data centers to Fiber-to-the-location (FTTx) with innovative, flexible and customer focused solutions and help to tackle the forthcoming network capacity challenges.