By Ankit Agarwal
Covid-19 has driven a one of a kind cultural and structural shift in the society exactly where remote working, studying, and socialising are intertwined in a really exciting way. Network operators witnessed a substantial spike in information targeted traffic through 2020, owing to the higher information consumption price through the period. According to a report by Verizon Network, the all round information volume across networks has enhanced 19% compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Globally, information targeted traffic on broadband networks rose by more than 50%, and typical broadband usage approached .5 TB (terabyte) at the finish of 2020, according to the Q4 2020 OpenVault Broadband Insights (OBVI) report.
Today prospects anticipate more quickly speeds, reduced latency, and higher bandwidth from their service providers. Optical fibre will kind the backbone for such robust networks that are future-prepared.
The worldwide launch of 5G is impacting optical fibre demand the most. According to the GSMA, mobile operators will devote $890 billion, 80% of their total Capex – on 5G networks more than the next 5 years. 5G will allow information guzzling use circumstances like immersive entertainment, AI, and services like e-education and e-healthcare. All these call for gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency. This calls for deep fiberisation in the networks, specifically in the network backhaul.
India on the major edge
Optical fibre plays a really important function in terms of guaranteeing higher-speed connectivity, and as we move to develop into a connected society, we have to begin laying robust telecom infrastructure to realise this vision and enhance the envelope of higher-speed broadband connectivity. India’s telecommunication market is capable of meeting this increasing demand for bandwidth, but it wants to be supported by the deployment of dense fibre networks. This, in turn, will enhance the demand for optical fibre cable. Let us deep dive into the marketplace drivers:
Broadband connectivity for all: India has 600,000 telecom towers delivering voice and information connectivity to urban and rural populations– but significantly less than 30% of them are fiberised. This implies a substantial scope of adding fibre density.
Data consumption on the rise: Scenarios like work from home and education from home are driving demand for higher-speed connectivity not only in tier-1 and tier-2 cities but also in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. Adding to that is buyers spending more time on gaming applications, OTT video, and on the web buying.
All these trends will strengthen additional as we move ahead in the year 2021-22. Service providers can make certain a wonderful level of buyer practical experience by deploying higher-high-quality fibre.
Government delivering requisite impetus: Adequate fibre connectivity can catapult the results of all government digital infra initiatives and make certain access to higher-speed broadband for a huge set of population. The government’s Digital India programme aims at producing broadband super-highways. The BharatNet project will provide higher-speed connectivity to 6 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the nation in a phased manner.
Enterprise’s demand for robust connectivity: For enterprise, fibre-based broadband connectivity implies more reliability, reduced latency, and larger speed. This resilient connectivity is expected for accessing cloud-based enterprise applications, higher-speed streaming of important information, and video conferencing applications.
As we move ahead to embrace the next generation of communications technologies, we will need revolutionary fibre deployments that can cater to the wants of extremely resilient on-demand bandwidth for governments, enterprises, and men and women.
The writer is CEO, Connectivity Solutions Business, Sterlite Technologies