By: Ehab Kanary, vice president of Enterprise, CommScope
Most people think of 5G as a new wireless service for faster smartphones, but it is also a medium that enables a city to become smarter. In the future, cities will use new applications and the Internet of Things (IoT) to enrich the lives and safety of their residents and visitors. In fact, citizens and visitors will experience new 5G-enabled technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and autonomous vehicle applications by using smartphones in their daily lives. They will demand these technologies from cities as well. We’ll see an increasing expectation for integration of technology into city services and capabilities.
To enable 5G universally governments and private sectors must come together and work towards building a shared infrastructure as it will make 5G a viable business model for both cities and service providers.
2. How is fiber quickly becoming the backbone of smart cities?
Smart communities will enrich the lives of residents and make local governments more efficient in responding to their citizens’ needs. From security to convenience to revenue generation, smart city applications will change the way cities operate and the way we live and work. But it all starts with connectivity – smart city residents, vehicles, systems and applications must be connected, and in most cases that involves fiber infrastructure.
Under the Dubai Plan 2021, the government will offer ubiquitous internet connectivity through high-speed fiber optic and high bandwidth Wi-Fi networks, with 5,000 newly deployed Wi-Fi hotspots providing free internet connection to 50 billion devices expected to be connected all over the city.
Fiber-optic cable is ideally suited to accommodate today’s smart city applications as well as future technologies. Fiber has the capacity required by the backbone of all current networks: internet, cable TV, telephone (including mobile), private business and data centers.
Fiber satisfies the fast-growing demand for IP streaming video, which will represent 82% of all Internet traffic by 2021. Internet video surveillance traffic will increase sevenfold between 2016 and 2021 as smart city use cases for HD surveillance cameras widen. With the advent of IoT, fiber connectivity will be extended not only to homes but also to the curb or cabinet, the building or basement and to nodes in the neighborhood.
Industry analysts have estimated that there will be 1 billion subscribers of fiber broadband access globally by 2021. Without fiber, many everyday tasks – banking, working from home, online shopping, streaming audio and video, mobile phone and tablet usage, and healthcare applications – will not be possible
3. CommScope’s expanded portfolio in the Middle East due to the ARRIS and Ruckus acquisition. What does this mean for the company and its customers?
As CommScope, ARRIS and Ruckus join forces, we have the resources of a Fortune 250 company who can help our customers across the Middle East and Africa evolve their business models for the future while preparing the future of connectivity.
The new CommScope will help shape communications connectivity and networks of the future with greater technology, solutions and employee talent. We are committed to building on our well-established track record in prior transactions of meeting or exceeding our synergy targets and generating significant value for shareholders.
Together, we combine great employee talent and experience, an impressive record of innovation and industry firsts, and a sharp focus on creating a world-class customer experience.