Organisations today are confronted
by exponential amounts of data, in many different formats and from a variety of
sources. This data growth is showing no signs of slowing, with one
International Data Corporation (IDC) study estimating that the amount of data
created, captured, and replicated across the world could grow from 33
Zettabytes (ZB) in 2018 to 175 ZB by 2025.
A recent white paper by Bruceshaw, a construction
consultancy, has explored the 30 years since the introduction of 1G; looking at
the imminent arrival of 5G and its implications on smart cities – from the
governments 5G pledge to connect 15 million premises to full fibre broadband by
2025, to estimates of the number of connected devices reaching 200 billion by
The pressure on the network
infrastructure to support demand for all these bandwidth-hungry applications
and services is enormous. The mobile industry is offering up the arrival of 5G
as a solution to issues of speed and performance; promising mobile data
download speeds that are up to 100 times faster than 4G, the expectations of
what 5G can deliver are high.
The white paper analyses the future of data and its infrastructure through asking the following questions of what the company believes to be the most important when looking at the future of 5G and smart cities.
How much light can be shed on Dark Fibre?
Will private networks take the lead due to public network coverage taking too long?
Reality of local authority’s collaboration?
10G – dream or nightmare?
Who’s keeping an eye on the development of relevant technology