A change in telecom is coming of the sort we have never seen, related to 5G coverage.
Let’s do the history game, first. “Home Phone” used to mean Land Lines attached to a predictable device that could be used to send and receive phone calls, even if the power was out. The use of the word “Land” implying that they ran under, on, and over land to get to your home. That technology was a staple of telecommunications for nearly 100 years.
At a recent staff meeting, 0% of TNT’s employees admitting having a Land Line at their house. Everyone has either VoIP service running on the Internet connection or they use their smartphone to act as their Land Line.
One staffer repeated the word back to me, using a condescending tone that bordered on arrogance.
“Land Lines? Who uses Land Lines?”
I no longer will capitalize land lines. There. I have formally divorced from land lines.
I predict that we darn well might see 5G coverage do to cable and DSL that VoIP and cell phones did to the land line.
Verizon and Samsung have announced that they have finished (not started) deployment of 5G coverage in five US cities in preparation to begin allowing customers to use 5G-based devices (more than just your phone), beginning in April. The 5G trials involve using a new portion of the spectrum 28 GHZ and using a fancy new technology called “advanced beam forming antenna” to make the delivery pass over 1G of throughput, through the air.
Places in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington DC, and Michigan will get to try this out in April and tell the rest of us how it works.
If I can get 1.2 GB (truth be told, I would LOVE to get 100 MB, so a 9% delivered-as-promised outcome would be Godsend), then terrestrial technology becomes my failover and wireless becomes my primary Internet connection.
The future conversation will go something like this…
“What? You have cable (FTTH, DSL, etc)? Why aren’t you using 5G? How do you do two-way Ultra High Def pictures and video sharing? That must be so painful running at a mere 250MB/sec. Dude, I need to introduce you to my people!”
Today, TNT sells customers network appliances that come with all you can eat 4G failover at a fixed monthly fee, as business is impaired when the Internet is down. If 5G gets built into the US telecom space and delivers as promised, then Ethernet, MPLS, DSL and Cable will be the failover connection, real fast!
Imagine that world….coming into a city near you.
Part of IT is having a room where disorder is normal. Disorganized, messy cables are common for many IT departments. But it is more than simply a nuisance. Rack cables provide critical performance and circuits. Improper handling of those cables can cause damage or even equipment failure. That can lead to costly downtime for business critical applications. Some of the most common issues that come up with poor cable management include:
- Increased time in troubleshooting or changing cable arrangement
- Increased time making changes to the racks due to moving of cables
- Cable damage caused by sharp edges of racks
- Signal interference
- Difficulty accessing or moving elements on the racks
One of the common place tasks that The Network Team does for our customers is cable clean up. Above, you can see a recent photo of a before and after server room for one of our clients. TNT Engineer Gene Choquette took several hours to reorganize the cables. That made sure that network upgrades not only increase the quality of the user experience, but it also make the network look good.
Benefits of better cable management include:
- Easier maintenance
- Reduced signal interference
- Shorter time to reorganize
- Longer-lasting cables
When planning your racks, there are several common sense thoughts to keep in mind that will make organizing easier.
- When planning your racks and cabling, make sure to think about future growth. Keep in mind the need for future network components and even more racks.
- Identifying cables will make it easier to change configurations when you need to.
- Make sure to follow industry and federal, state and local guidelines for cabling. This will increase safety and could help minimize system downtime.
The Network Team takes pride in providing complete customer satisfaction. Contact us at 980-263-2850 for more information on how we can improve your network performance.