Wireless network trends Drive fixed-network changes

The trend towards 5g and the densification of wireless networks drive the deployment of fiber optics within fixed networks.

The amount of online content is growing, causing a significant increase in data circulating across networks around the world. According to Cisco projections, the Global IP data Traffic (Internet Protocol) will grow 24% annually for the 2021, by then, the Internet video data represent 82% of all IP traffic. Things like creating higher quality content, resolution and size within popular video platforms like Netflix and Youtube, and the imminent arrival of 5g have forced service operators to reconsider the way they deploy their networks.

“Some of the most important wireline trends come from the wireless industry,” said Erik Gronvall, VP Service provider Strategy at CommScope. “Fixed-network operators must now take into account factors other than those they had to consider before. For example, the number of wireless devices and IoT devices (Internet of things) on the edge of the network that require power, as well as the different types of site acquisition. These trends drive operators to think about their networks in a more holistic and convergent way. ”

Although, over the next ten years, the 4g/LTE is still expected to dominate in the fastest growing markets, the innovations that will bring with it trends like the 5g redefine the network architectures as we know them. Several of the most striking aspects of this trend, such as enhanced broadband, connected vehicles and IoT at industrial levels, will only reach their full potential if operators converge their wireline and wireless networks to maximize the capacity of the Network and share resources.