The Role of Fiber in Next-Generation Communications

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Fiber infrastructure is a long-term investment for next-generation communication, embracing capacity, redundancy, and expandability. It helps in resolving the complex challenges of a network by providing rapid prototyping, network design, and end-to-end solutions.

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With evolving wireless technologies, the technological correlation between wired infrastructure and wireless networks has become necessary. The next-generation communication allows users to communicate with faster speed, high bandwidth carrying capacity and ultra-low latency. Fiber optic provides an infrastructure solution for high speed networks with its following key features;

  • Ability to handle massive amounts of data that’s being generated and exchanged
  • Ability to handle increased speed with lower attenuation
  • Provide high security as it is immune to electromagnetic interferences

Therefore, the need for fiber has become essential to implement sheer speed, high performance and efficient networks.

The future technologies as well as today’s applications have a high demand for ubiquitous connectivity and higher bandwidth consumption. A fiber-optic infrastructure solution can accommodate the growing demand of wireless network. It has large capacity that supports as a backbone of all key networks, including internet, telephone, cable TV, data centers, and private enterprises.

The benefits of fiber technology

The future technologies as well as today’s applications have a high demand for ubiquitous connectivity and higher bandwidth consumption. In addition to the key features/benefits offered by fiber optic, there are more practical benefits that make fiber the ultimate choice of network operators;

  • Very high bandwidth supports transportation of huge amounts of data with low latency.
  • It operates well over long distances, without the need of signal boosting and without signal degradation.
  • Applications run smoothly without interruption as transport delays are practically unnoticeable.
  • Fiber deployment is relatively easy as it can be hidden easily in walls or under surfaces and packaged in various cable profiles.
  • It’s possible to upgrade fiber performance after installation without the need to replace the cable by changing the electronics used for transmission over cables.

Is fiber the solution?

The fiber infrastructure is characterized as reliable with superior quality, able to deliver more savings and performance, and easier to install, configure and optimize. It provides a true end-to-end network solution with quick and economic fiber deployment. Combining fiber optics with other wireless solutions enables higher speeds at scale.

How you can use fiber to build next-gen communications?

Fiber infrastructure can provide solutions to the numerous network challenges of data centre networks, commercial building networks, wireless networks, and wireline networks. The major fiber applications include; inbuilding wireless, campus networks, LAN, multitenant, enterprise, cloud, residential, central office, outside plant, and cell site backhaul and fronthaul.

Data centre networks

With the skyrocketing demand of a migrating data centre, selecting the right fiber infrastructure platform can save on cabling costs. It will also serve current needs and make expansion simpler.

A fiber infrastructure solution creates a smooth path between current and future needs with economic, simple and efficient scaling. It will help you grow with speed and increase capacity and density.

The increasing complexity of data centers makes it difficult to understand the cloud distribution, colocation and infrastructure. The innovative solutions of fiber make it simpler with predetermined fiber, ultra-low-loss assemblies, automated infrastructure management, high-density panels, and optical distribution frames.

Commercial building networks

Network connectivity has become a utility that people need 24 hours a day in a building. Fiber infrastructure deployed in a building optimizes operations by providing speed, reliability and capacity of in-building cellular networks, campuses, LAN access, or the mesh network of intelligent building sensors. Fiber allows speeds over 1 Tbps in the network’s backbone and extends the required distance of the infrastructure. Minimal optical power loss and latency provides a basis for demanding building automation and industrial applications.

The in-building network requires data connectivity as well as electrical power to support applications, users and devices, including IP cameras, intelligent building sensors, WiFi, etc. Wireless solutions are also adding to enterprise spaces to provide indoor mobile coverage. Fiber solutions combine data and electrical power that face the challenge of indoor networks to deliver end-to-end connectivity.

Wireless networks

Network congestion is becoming a challenge for macro wireless networks with more devices and users. Radio-access-network (RAN) fiber solutions help in clearing the bandwidth bottlenecks and deliver a faster core to the edge network, satisfying the user experience.

The evolving architecture and topology of wireless networks require the right solution from fiber to the antenna to fully utilize the efficiencies of tower top radio equipment. Fiber solutions deliver speed, redundancy, bandwidth and scalability of a growing network, as well as the power required for remote equipment. The challenge of delivering the traffic to and from the core network is resolved with fiber backhaul and fronthaul solutions.

Wireline networks

Fiber provides a basis to lay 5G networks foundations, support IoT, connect customers to the cloud, and enable smart homes with speed, reliability, and capacity. Flexible, rugged, intelligent designs, and plug-and-play solutions make fiber deployment quick and easy.

It is possible to extend fiber connectivity with flexibility and speed from the central office to the outside plant to the home. The innovative designs of fiber hubs, enclosures, terminals and hardened connectors make installation quick, effective and simple. It makes wireless, business, and residential networks fully fiber and converged.

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