Unlocking Innovation in Fiber: The Future is 25G PON

By: David Eckard

In today’s increasingly digital world, fiber broadband is more important than ever. It delivered the high-speed connectivity that was required for our pandemic shift to home offices, remote learning and keeping in touch with our loved ones. Yet as we emerge from this period, the need for increased speeds and capacity continues to grow unabated, fueled by new immersive consumer applications for the spatial web as well as new network functions and architectures such as edge computing and mobile densification…

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Advancing the Enterprise with Adaptive Networking

By: Jason Wickam

Advanced technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), private enterprise 5G, and Wi-Fi 6E demand a modernized network infrastructure to deliver exceptional service. Adaptive networking uses a collection of software-defined functions to deliver high performance, flexibility, and secure connectivity to enterprises and industrial complexes. To streamline processes and improve efficiency, businesses invest in third-party, agnostic service providers. Managed service providers are uniquely positioned to best advise and incorporate advanced enterprise solutions across a breadth of specialties, ensuring optimization and simplicity at the corporate level…

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Top Data Center Trends for 2022

By: Regis Malloy

The data center industry has been facing major shifts and expedited growth to meet connectivity demands. Having grown and adapted to meet increasing capacity and connectivity requirements over the years, data center providers stand ready to meet 2022 head-on. As expected, the demand for data center services will continue to rise (predicted to reach $227 billion in spend this year), and industry trends will continue to evolve. Data center businesses must be flexible, adaptable, and agile in an industry defined by rapid growth and change…

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Smart Factories of the Future

By: Sree Hameed

The last two years have been challenging for all global business, but the manufacturing sector in particular has found itself at the coalface of change. As the pandemic disrupted supply chains globally, plant owners were forced to respond to rapidly changing demand with newfound nimbleness, speed and agility. With these lessons in hand, today’s emerging business imperatives for the manufacturing industry include flexibility, supply chain resilience, increased productivity, and sustainability. The optimization and integration of both business planning and manufacturing execution into a single digital system represents the next-step gain for manufacturers for growth and profitability…

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The Drivers of Digital-First Enterprise Strategy

By: Shashi Kiran

Over the last decade, enterprises have invested considerably in technologies fueling digital transformation. According to Gartner, 82 percent of CFOs increased their investment in 2021 compared to 2020. This is a significant uptick and entails a broad spectrum. The highest priority was in the areas of enhancing digital capabilities (82 percent) followed by IT (70 percent), which is a broad spectrum. The trend is likely to continue in 2022, as the pandemic has caused a rapid acceleration of such investments…

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Winning at Connectivity Chess in the
Edge Ecosystem

By: Ben Edmond

Here’s a quick thought experiment: visualize the edge connectivity landscape as a chess board. Maybe 5G providers are our rooks, MSOs and other broadband providers are bishops, edge data center operators are knights and hyperscalers get to be the royalty, just for sake of argument. Pawns will represent our infrastructure assets: fiber, cable, towers, and data centers. What are the most critical pieces of knowledge we need to win a game? First, we have to know where all the pieces are on the board…

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Gearing Up for Industry 4.0 with 5G and Native AI

By: Subhankar Pal

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a major business opportunity for mobile operators. That’s why 5G is designed from the ground up to support demanding IoT use cases and requirements—including ones that 4G and Wi-Fi find challenging to handle. For example, 5G has three feature sets that are ideal for Industry 4.0 applications. These include Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC), which reduces latency to as little as one millisecond, key for mission-critical use cases such as time-sensitive networking (TSN), and Massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC), which enables 5G networks to support up to one million IoT devices per square kilometer, such as autonomous material handlers, industrial robots and sensors…

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Addressing the Telecom Innovation Deficit

By: John Cioffi, Don Clarke, Mark Cummings, Ph.D., Yuri Gittik, Klaus Martiny, Vance Shipley, Katarzyna Wac, Peter Willis

Telcos have lost much of the capability to influence the evolution of the technologies on which they depend. They have become aging monocultures; disruptive innovators have left the industry and innovation is outsourced. The result is overreliance on a small number of large vendors and diminished participation by smaller vendors, resulting in a deficit of innovation that is harmful for telcos and the societies that depend on them. Innovation arises in unexpected ways and the telecom industry, despite its maturity, should not be considered immune from the benefits…

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Data Center Growth Depends on Sustainability

By: Trent Anderson

It is difficult to find an industry that has been impacted by the need for sustainability more than data centers. Storage capacity requirements are growing, and 90 percent of organizations are putting their data in the cloud. With the demand for connected data increasing from users, data center providers should focus on taking steps to reduce, if not eliminate, their carbon footprint while meeting the rising demand for connectivity services. Increased need for data connectivity Data centers are not a luxury but a necessity for our daily lives as we face a virtual shift, driven by the need for instant, real-time data…

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Letter from the Editor - April 2022

By: Scott St. John, Pipeline

Digital Transformation (DT) is all the buzz. It's imbued into websites, presentations, and splattered across the walls of exhibits. Everyone is doing something transformative. But, what is it?  It's messy, a bit amorphous, evolutionary, and abstract. Although those words work well to describe transformation, they don’t do well to define it. Perhaps transformation can be defined as change. There certainly is no shortage of that. The fact is change happens. Nothing stays the same (including my coveted coffee pot)…

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Technology Industry News

By: Jara Kern, Pipeline

This month’s issue examines transformation from a variety of perspectives, a focal point perfectly suited to making sense of industry news headlines from around the world. From the launch of the world’s first food metaverse to strategic partnerships driving digital transformation, and the ranking of the world’s top telecom brands, it’s been a busy month in headlines. The top telecom industry news stories from the month are summarized below. To view all the news as it breaks, check out Pipeline’s News Center or subscribe to receive our telecom industry news summary…

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