The future development of enterprise networks has the following four key trends:
First, the bandwidth demand of data centers will explode in the future. Mobile terminals will generate massive amounts of data, especially driven by streaming media, the Internet of Things, and cloud computing. Bandwidth requirements continue to increase, which brings new challenges to the underlying infrastructure of data centers. In the future, on the basis of meeting the applicability, the transmission requirements for 100G and 400G will become increasingly common.
The second is the increasing emphasis on smart design from smart buildings to smart cities. According to statistics, from 2014 to 2023, global smart city project investment will reach USD 174.4 billion, of which China’s investment accounts for a large proportion. Many cities are planning to build urban sensor networks. Intelligent design of buildings and large venues will still be the top priority of smart city construction.
Third, millennials are leading the future of network change. Millennials born after 1984 are the ones who grew up with the development of computers and the Internet. Their lifestyle is more dependent on the Internet and requires connectivity anytime, anywhere. As a result, the demand for ultra-high-speed network bandwidth has soared in various countries. To adapt to changes in society, network operators need to continuously increase network capacity, increase flexibility, diversify service types, and adjust charging models.
Fourth, fiber optic technology can meet the increasing bandwidth requirements of today and tomorrow. Fiber is considered the fastest and most reliable technology for transmitting large amounts of data. And “Fiber to the Home” (FTTH) technology is the fastest and most reliable solution to access the Internet. With the continuous construction of data centers, smart buildings, and smart cities, as millennials ’demand for networks soars, data will explode, which will bring a trend of soaring network bandwidth, and network infrastructure will face huge challenges. Fiber is the best solution to this challenge.