Next-generation connectivity deployments are underway across the UK, with FTTC transitioning to FTTP and 5G marching on 4G.
Anh dives into the progress made, market movements, opportunities for resellers and MSPs, key differentiators channel companies should consider, and the new possibilities that will be unlocked as these technologies advance.
Some of the leading mobile operators in Great Britain have expanded 5G services across more than 160 towns and cities as of Q2 2021. In addition, we are seeing FTTP reaching around five million homes and offices with increasing efforts to roll out in rural areas and urbanised locations.
Driving this uptake is the increasing appetite for more bandwidth. We should also consider the unpredicted events of the past 18-24 months, which has accelerated the rising adoption of cloud-based applications, especially with more working from home or on the move, and the general mass consumption of bandwidth-intensive services such as streaming.
New possibilities are opening for the general consumer, home worker and businesses – the advantage of greater availability and choice. A prime example is that organisations can more readily undergo expansion by incorporating new site locations using FTTP while overcoming lead times usually associated with more expensive managed connectivity. Then there is the adoption of SD-WAN, which subsequently enables the ‘mix and match' approach to selecting connectivity while leveraging SD-WAN technologies to deliver superior SLAs that are competitive with MPLS.
And what about 5G? Not only does this promise more capacity, but it is also the move to a true, standalone infrastructure (independent from the 4G core networks) that will yield a significant reduction in overall latency. The latency (or Round-Trip Time) of data alongside challenges on signal coverage has also been a detrimental factor when using 4G/LTE.
So what does this mean for the end-customer? It means an improved user-end experience, higher call and video quality to rival that of traditional wired connectivity. Once businesses understand the potential of mobility coupled with next-generation mobile network connectivity, it may further re-enforce the argument for hybrid working and raises constructive questions such as what, where and how applications are adopted over a public Wide Area Network.