Networks Europe Issue 19 January/February 2019 - Page 5

The broadband debate... 05 Back to the future Whenever we enter a new year it’s natural that we look forward and consider what the year might hold for us on both a personal and professional level. For data centre industry professionals 2019 is undoubtedly going to be an exciting year as the industry pushes Not a month goes by without someone finding a new forwards way to in send vast amounts of data down a single fibre, but how will a number of key ways. ever-present high-speed broadband make a difference to our Internet experience? We could be interconnected with experts from So in this issue, we’re going to be at communities some of the key areas affecting all conceivable professions, accessing scientific and everyday equipment all over the looking globe, forwards reaching of subject all shapes the industry. From to future-proofing the data centre micro data centres and and sizes, using all sorts of new applications and services — all in real 5G time. High-speed broadband can to enable our projects to much to mention our way popular interview a very much a future-orientated angle with be adopted across both our business and social lives, more. and Not the only effective to deliver this has future is with fibre optic-based views from industry experts. infrastructure.Tech investment is hitting record highs in the UK and the essential foundation of this booming growth is access to broadband. In an ideal world the whole of the United Kingdom’s telecoms network would be based off a pure fibre optic network, James Abbott but in reality it makes more economic sense to upgrade what already exists. Editor – Networks Europe Convincing stakeholders that fibre is a necessary investment is yet another obstacle. There is a clear role here for providers to help demonstrate the business case for fibre. The good news is that all of the major operators are bringing fibre optic cables ever closer to homes, but we need to focus on take-up of superfast broadband by businesses, not just consumers. In ten or twenty years we might be able to replace the last few metres of copper and coax with a true fibre optic connection, but time will tell. Enjoy the issue. Nick Wells Editor – Netcomms Europe INTELLIGENT R&MinteliPhy – Automated Infrastructure Management by R&M Manually managed infrastructure data has a 10% error rate*, 20-40% of ports in a network are forgotten over time**. The automated R&MinteliPhy solution continuously monitors each connection in one or more data centres or local networks, a (remote) central server records cabling status. The AIM-based solution has functions for management, analysis as well as planning cabling and network cabinets. R&MinteliPhy is easy to retrofit and can halve network monitoring and management costs. When new devices are integrated or changes made updates are automatically generated. Unused patch panels and ports in active equipment are instantly detected. Data can be traced in real time with a PC or smartphone, faulty connections are located in seconds. More info: Convincing cabling solutions * Source: Watson & Fulton ** Source: Frost & Sullivan NETCOMMS europe Volume V Issue 3 2015