As discussed in Part 1, demands for greater bandwidth and higher data rates will require network upgrades that implement both new technologies and technical standards.

To meet the objectives of future-proofing and minimizing downtime, an organization should begin by evaluating its physical infrastructure. Work with an experienced and expert cabling provider for the best results.

Part 2 will discuss SD-WAN, 5G, and New Approaches to Cable Management.

SD-WAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network)

A software overlay, SD-WAN enables dynamic path selection of load sharing over several different WAN connections. Utilization of SD-WAN is clearly advantageous for an expansive network supporting numerous branch locations because it will eliminate each branch’s network function requiring its own hardware appliances.


5G is the latest generation for cellular wireless, delivering mobile broadband access. Significantly decreasing latency to 10 milliseconds with download speeds exceeding one Gigabit per second, 5G will let devices respond more rapidly. As a result, IoT devices and technologies will be able to implement important new technologies and applications such as AI (artificial intelligence), autonomous vehicles, mapping apps, people and weather tracking, and machine learning.

Although 5G provides much speedier network speeds, it requires signals at very high bandwidth signals. In contrast to its excellent performance through glass, 5G signals rapidly deteriorate when passing through foliage and typical construction materials. To compensate, 5G needs greater density for its network of small cells to provide its vaunted low latency and high speed. Organizations will be required to upgrade their DAS (distributed antenna system) or deploy small cells to ensure indoor signal reliability.

New Approaches to Cable Management

Featuring new technologies and user-friendly designs, new cable runway and cable management solutions enable simpler and compliant deployments. From basic troughs housing cable bundles, cable management solutions have evolved to adjustable mechanical systems for optimizing cable support.

Utilizing internal supports spacing cable bundles, vertical cable managers increase airflow between cables for PoE applications that require more power, preventing overheating. In addition, they ease and speed installation, troubleshooting, changes, and replacement through improved and tidier organization of bundles.

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