Bandwidth essential to networking's future

Bandwidth upgrades could prove essential to supporting the future of the internet.

By Max Burkhalter
August 15, 2012
The internet is already quite different than it was just a year or two ago. The rise of enterprise and consumer mobility plans, cloud computing, IPTV and other emerging technologies are combining to create new demands on the network. As consumers and businesses respond to these trends, the demand for new connectivity options is rising. Therefore, the internet will likely look very different in just a few years. According to a recent Guardian report, this shift will likely center around the need for more bandwidth.

The news source explained that, to a great extent, the world is at a crossroads when it comes to network connectivity because the debate between speed and bandwidth is coming to fruition. In many functions, the network has to have fast performance capabilities because the data packets being sent through the infrastructure have to get to their users rapidly, but do not need high-capacity network connections. Other forms of traffic, particularly video, need plenty of bandwidth, but do not necessarily require such fast speeds.

How telecoms choose to answer the speed-bandwidth debate could dictate the future of the internet. The report said that while speed is fairly important in many settings, the shifting networking climate is leaning more toward bandwidth. Video trends and the increased tendency for companies to allow remote work among employees are creating an environment in which bandwidth is much more important than speed. Data-rich applications and services that require high-capacity connectivity options are becoming a prominent part of enterprise operations, making bandwidth a priority over speed.

The rise of data-rich applications and services in the consumer and enterprise sectors is fueling the installation of connectivity options that support higher levels of bandwidth. In many cases, this is happening in the form of fiber-to-the-home installations. More telecoms are turning to FTTH to offer customers high-capacity network connections that meet ongoing speed requirements, but do so while expanding the bandwidth capabilities of the infrastructure. This is especially important in light of the fact that many households have multiple users streaming video and performing similar activities that push bandwidth demands beyond what many traditional networks can handle.

While FTTH is gaining prominence, fiber to the business is also rising. Many experts agree that FTTB infrastructure can help companies improve mobile connectivity because the optical connection provides backhaul for the mobile network, providing key bandwidth.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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