Note: the author is more than a little
excited for the return of “Game of Thrones” on April 14 for its final season.
Please bear with her.
upon a time, there were seven kingdoms who all relied on great network speed
and bandwidth to keep their subjects happy and productive. The
ever-accommodating service providers listened and said, “Let us bring 5G to all
of the kingdoms.” The subjects were overjoyed, but the rulers were troubled.
The service providers only delivered service to the gates and not beyond. How
do we prepare for the great 5G movement within our kingdom? The number of
connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices grew among the subjects daily, and the
networks were not prepared to keep up. “We must find a solution from the wisest
people in the kingdoms!” said the rulers.
CLICK TO TWEET: 5G is coming! Make sure your campus network is ready. Jennifer Duits explains in this blog.
this could be a cautionary fairytale we in the industry might tell our kids at
bedtime or after binge-watching a series (i.e., Game of Thrones), the challenge
is all too real for campus
networks. When 5G was announced, it seemed like it was far in the
future; however, it is now almost a reality.
Although the number of cell towers (not castle towers) needed to provide the
speed promised will be implemented in pockets and take time to deploy, 5G will
eventually take hold.
you combine 5G with the ever-growing number of connected devices thanks to IoT,
you will get an explosion of consumer expectations for bandwidth and speed. I
say “explosion” because we know it is going to be big, and no one can quite
predict where it will stop.
providers are preparing by installing more cell sites and deploying fiber, but
most of their responsibilities stop at the campus network. What happens in-building
and in-between buildings is up to the owner of the campus.
ago, I worked on a corporate campus that had more than 10,000 people. They were
expected to work anywhere on campus. At the time, I carried three connected
devices. If most people on campus were like me, then that is more than 30,000
devices on the network. That is not including any IoT devices like printers,
thermostats and building security systems. Everything was expected to be
connected to run a productive, high functioning corporation.
apologize if anyone who is planning a campus network just had a panic attack.
That was not my intention (or was it?). It is stressful to think about how to
fulfill the expectations placed on a campus network, but of course CommScope
us for our “Is
your Campus Network ready for what’s next?” webinar. It will be held
on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 11:30 am EDT. The webinar will bring together
all the wisest experts in the land to discuss how the demands on a campus
network are evolving because of IoT devices and 5G. We will share ideas about
where and when you should start to plan for the increase in speed and bandwidth
expected by every kingdom’s subjects.
and listen to our fiber “small council.”