With a steady stream of television commercials, roadside billboards, and digital banner ads to remind us, the first wave of the fifth generation (5G) of wireless networks is already here.
But while consumers anxiously await the official carrier rollouts that will boost bandwidth, speed downloads, and drive the next evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial automation, and artificial intelligence (AI). Those working behind the scenes to bring 5G to the masses have a completely different set of challenges to overcome.
Preparing for the Launch of 5G Wireless Networks
Companies such as Cisco and other industry leaders anticipate that large-scale deployments of 5G infrastructure will begin in just a few short months. When this happens, mobile carriers will need the innovative speed, low latency, and dynamic provisioning capabilities that a 5G network is expected to deliver to address not only the increasing subscriber demands but also new service trends across mobile, residential, and business markets.
In fact, Cisco forecasts that while 5G will account for 1.5 percent of total mobile data traffic by 2021, it will also generate 4.7 times more traffic than the average 4G connection, and 10.7 times more traffic than the average 3G connection.
With so much data, there’s much more to consider when it comes to readying your network to handle the influx. Whether you are expanding your broadband network into new neighborhoods or placing new radios to create the 5G wireless cellular network, you’ll need to protect electronic equipment in outdoor environments. Thankfully, enclosures offer a way to create a small, secure equipment space wherever it is needed.
Furthermore, governing bodies like the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) have now published standards to define products, processes, and procedures that are environmentally rated, such as NEMA Type 4 or IP 66 industrial enclosures that protect equipment in process environments and wet spaces.
How 5G Will Impact Your Network
And as wireless cellular providers create a more robust 5G network, there will undoubtedly be network densification of small cell sites and upgrades to in-building systems that will also need dedicated and available space for new networking equipment.
Add it all up and you get the perfect recipe for why Chatsworth Products (CPI) and WESCO recently teamed up to deliver the on-demand and BICSI-accredited webinar presentation “5G Has Arrived. Is Your Network Ready?”
Newly updated with the latest carrier information and insights available via download including what 5G means for the proliferation of cell towers needed to keep major metropolitan areas connected. In the one-hour presentation CPI Product Applications Specialist Tom Cabral discusses a wide variety of best practices you can start implementing today to make sure your network and infrastructure is prepared to handle the 5G boom.
The presentation is available free for on-demand viewing. You’ll also have the opportunity to earn one BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) upon completion.
The opinions expressed in this piece are solely Chatsworth Products’. They do not necessarily represent WESCO’s views.