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5G Networks: The 20/20 View on 2020
Tomorrow isn’t the time to start building for tomorrow. Future viability depends on building a solid infrastructure today
By: James Carlini
May. 18, 2014 05:45 PM
This article is an excerpt from James Carlini's upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity:
5G Networks are being discussed and better defined by key industry manufacturers and network carriers so they can be deployed in the 2020 time period. They will represent a giant leap in capacity, baseline speeds and overall capabilities. They have to. Consumers are turning to Smartphones and tablets as the new ubiquitous edge technology for all their applications.
Many people have gotten a good taste of smartphones and all the applications they can utilize with them. Now, the growing demand is there and both the framework of networks as well as their capabilities must be upgraded dramatically to keep up with user demand and exponentially growing traffic.
When approaching a new dynamic area in infrastructure, real estate, or technology, a whole new framework for analysis may be necessary. Too many people try to fit something new into a traditional framework or traditional analysis model which does not fit as a metric.
Looking into what is needed for a solid platform for global commerce, the main issues are to offer the best and the fastest capabilities. Speed is always a factor in any transportation medium, including communications. Anyone, or any corporate or political sales pitch, who tells you otherwise is trying to protect obsolete infrastructure and/or poor competitive strategies.
There needs to be a good education of all interested parties instead of having some people hypothesize concepts that will never be prevalent or even applicable. Remember, the network infrastructure is part of the Platform for Commerce. The Platform for Commerce's five millennia focus has been on increasing trade routes and commerce.
Chart 1: Design Criteria for Network Speeds
Let's examine this table and clarify the numbers.
If anything, they (those in long-term network engineering - including those at the carriers) have to leapfrog what is already a current market condition.
We need to focus on getting back in front of the pack when it comes to network infrastructure and moving to Terabit speeds can only open up a whole new class of applications which can only be feasible when networks run at terabit speeds. For the future, we need to strengthen the resiliency of networks as well as increasing their speeds.
5G Networks will be providing some very high speeds to the average user. This means building out the network to specifications which have to include terabit backbones.
Having more bandwidth available will accelerate the amount of applications that are feasible for customer service, video, high-definition video, social networking, and so many other applications.
Data Rate for 5G Networks
This gives you a clearer picture as to where network infrastructure is evolving (see Chart 2).
Chart 2: 5G Network Elements
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In addition to being aware about the growing demand for speed, become more aware of new building blocks for technology as well as the infrastructure and real estate. The faster we can apply cutting-edge solutions to problems, the more competitive we become in the global markets.
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