Networks and networking are changing every day as engineers and developers adapt, learn, and push the boundaries of what is expected. We are currently installing our own networking technology at Ashton Gate Stadium, where attendees to our Smart Infrastructure 2017 event can see NetOS® technology in action. It is our answer to the question on everyone’s lips: what is the future of networks, and what should you as a business be investing in?
Over the summer, Madeline Bennett explored in The Telegraph how business spending on the Internet of Things will be around $946 billion in 2017 – a huge investment, and a challenge for companies who are deciding just how they should spend their money.
Maarten Ectors from ubuntu argued that open source network development was going to be key for the development of production-ready hardware, something that he discussed during Mobile World Congress this year. His emphasis on apps led him to argue that even larger telecoms would one day use cloud based apps to access networks around the world.
Huawei, on the other hand, has focused on Massive MIMO, or Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output, with the capacity of multi-user spatial division that transmits data simultaneously. An article by Di Yong set out how they could theoretically increase a single user’s network performance nearly tenfold – an impressive achievement, although they admit that this would require huge resources and calculations, rendering it not commercially viable.
The Register believes that 5G will not stand alone as a wireless network, but instead interact with wireline links – and they’ve spotted the type of work we at Zeetta Networks are doing with software defined networks as a key marker of telco networks development. Sterling Perrin has written in Light Reading that the future is fiber, with network architectures centralised RAN (C-RAN) – but he only covers the network requirements of transport systems, without looking into the broader implications of networking.
As you can see, there are many opinions in this sphere, but we’re not getting too involved in the debate: we’re busy creating the future of networks. Our NetOS® technology creates a network as a platform, and interactive innovation that gives users the opportunity to programme a stadium, a venue, a network, in any way that they want – and then adapt their decisions based on real time data.
Our lead engineer, Crispin, explained it perfectly in his blog about virtualization: “We have demonstrated that it makes sense in the stadium and large venue environment, and our work for Bristol is Open is proving that city communities can benefit from it. Virtualization will make even more sense for larger scale networks: countries, national service providers, and everything in between. It is just possible that this is the way that everyone will consume networks in the future.”
Want to see our NetOS® technology in action at Ashton Gate Stadium? Get in touch now.