State of the Industry: what latency can we expect from our networks?

Rudy Musschebroeck

by Rudy Musschebroeck, CommScope

In recent years mobile and fixed network technologies have evolved, driven by an ever increasing need for bandwidth.

Today, a major shift is happening, moving the focus increasingly away from bandwidth to latency. In this presentation, an overview will be given of the state of different access technologies, both in fixed and wireless networks going from DSL over cable to fiber, 5G and WiFi. Major changes in access network technologies will be highlighted, including how the end-to-end network architectures will enable lower latency applications going forward by moving the cloud to the edge of the network.


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Wireless communication is actually a very strange term


People – and animals – have been communicating wirelessly with each other since prehistoric times. And we’re not talking about burning wood to send smoke signals that Native Americans used to send to a tribe in another location, or by playing drums like one African tribe does to send a message to the other. No, wireless communication is what people always do when they talk to each other. After all, there is no wire between two faces at a short distance from one other. You can understand each other like that, even if, as is usual in times of corona, there is about a meter and a half distance between you and the other person.

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