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All traditional processes, such as company administration and document handling, hiring employees, financial transactions, meetings with customers and suppliers, and many others have shifted into an online format; making reliable connectivity to the local network and internet a critical aspect to the continued existence of many businesses.
Have you thought about what these changes mean in numbers? Research published by Cisco in 2020, the projected growth of the connectivity speed across various media will increase 2 to 4 times by 2023 compared to the 2018 year.
But the access speed is not a single parameter that is increasing, Zenith Media Consumption Forecasted that the time spent online per connected device (cumulative desktop and all mobile devices) in 2021 is about 192 minutes per day compared to 75 minutes in 2011.
On top of this consumption, stats are connected IoT devices which by 2023 is expected to be 14.7 billion against 6.1 billion connected in 2018. As a result, we need an unprecedented amount of bandwidth provided to both consumer and business customers worldwide to address the needs of the economy and society development.
These are just some of the initiatives already happening in the UK:
– Project Gigabit driven by the UK government aims to invest 5 billion GBP into significantly increasing the number of locations connected with 1 Gbps capacity within the UK, especially outside of the core metropolitan areas, with extra funds reserved to provide high-speed access for healthcare organisations.
– 5G rollout started in 2019 and now is actively being scaled by all major service providers (EE, Three, O2, Vodafone), whose goal is to provide high speed, low latency wireless connectivity. As a consequence, the more capacity you provide on the air interface to customers, the more aggregated bandwidth you need to have for the mobile base station of the fibre connectivity, requiring upgrades of optical and IP layer devices.
– Transition of the traditional on-prem applications to a cloud-based model charged on usage (e.g., Microsoft Office locally installed to Office 365) bundled with the need to reduce the latency and response time for the application increases the demand both in the amount of the data centres and capacity needed on a per-server and, as a result, per fabric. That often dictates 100G (or even higher capacity) links in the data centre starting from leafs, all the way through the spines, aggregates, borders to DCI routers and Internet peering points.
Besides the discussed trends and initiatives, it is also important to point out the unpredicted impact of COVID19; the long-term effect is yet to be fully realised. The pandemic has significantly reshaped working patterns globally via work-from-home policies.
The need to provide traditional business applications, such as office tools, file shares, and collaboration environments mixed with HD-quality video conferencing at a high scale has challenged the access networks of fixed and mobile telco operators, requiring rapid re-thinking of investment in capacity upgrades.
Here at Megnet, we are working with the Telco community to facilitate their lead into digital transformation. Reach us out to learn more and understand how we can help your business too.