Smart Cities to Drive Struc­tured Ca­bling Mar­ket

Voice&Data - - TRENDS 2017 -

The struc­tured ca­bling land­scape is chang­ing in In­dia ev­ery year. As com­pa­nies re­al­ize the need for faster, re­li­able and fu­ture-proof net­work­ing so­lu­tions, IT man­agers are look­ing for so­lu­tions that of­fer higher se­cu­rity and stronger IT in­fra­struc­ture to drive their fu­ture needs. Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives have also had a pos­i­tive im­pact on the struc­tured ca­bling in­dus­try. The Smart Cities ini­tia­tive and the big push to­wards dig­i­ti­za­tion have cre­ated tremen­dous growth po­ten­tial for the struc­tured ca­bling mar­ket in In­dia.

A smart city is based on a strong, re­li­able com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work that re­quires a lot of fiber op­tic ca­bling, which forms the back­bone for fu­ture-ca­pa­ble wire­less net­works. Ac­cord­ing to TechSci Re­search re­port ‘Mar­ket Study on Up­com­ing Smart Cities in In­dia: 2015’, the smart cities project in In­dia would in­volve over­all in­vest­ments in tune of USD 2 tril­lion for de­vel­op­ment of trunk and in­ter­nal in­fra­struc­ture in 100 cities planned un­der the project. With seam­less, se­cure con­nec­tiv­ity be­com­ing the fun­da­men­tal re­quire­ment for all the busi­nesses, here are the 5 key trends that would be seen in struc­tured ca­bling mar­ket in the com­ing year:

Shift in the us­age ra­tio of fiber and cop­per prod­ucts:

With fiber op­tic ca­bles of­fer­ing the ad­van­tage of be­ing im­mune to elec­tro­mag­netic in­ter­fer­ence and hav­ing higher band­width, their us­age is likely to be higher as com­pared with cop­per prod­ucts.

Greater fo­cus on fu­ture-proof net­works:

In­creas­ing fo­cus on dig­i­tal net­works will re­quire com­pa­nies to in­vest more on fu­ture-proof­ing their net­work- ing and data cen­ter fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure that they re­main nim­ble and flex­i­ble in the years to come.

Growth in Au­to­mated In­fra­struc­ture Man­age­ment so­lu­tions:

The de­mand for AIM so­lu­tions will be higher as IT man­agers look for bet­ter mon­i­tor­ing and en­hanced se­cu­rity in the data cen­ters.

En­hance­ment of pre-ex­ist­ing tech­nolo­gies:

As we move to­wards an over­all smarter IT en­vi­ron­ment, most com­pa­nies will be forced to up­grade their pre-ex­ist­ing net­work in­fra­struc­ture to higher ver­sions. This will cer­tainly ben­e­fit them in terms of higher speed and in­creased ef­fi­ciency.

Ul­tra High Den­sity so­lu­tions:

Among the other key de­vel­op­ments in the struc­tured ca­bling in­dus­try, Ul­tra High Den­sity so­lu­tions will gain max­i­mum traction in 2017. Th­ese are pre-ter­mi­nated op­ti­cal ca­bling sys­tems de­signed to de­liver high-per­for­mance in net­work in­fra­struc­ture.

In the year 2016, the struc­tured ca­bling mar­ket in In­dia was on a growth tra­jec­tory with fiber show­ing a surge in OM3 (op­ti­cal fi­bre de­signed for 10GB/s trans­mis­sion) as it is a good op­tion in data cen­ters based on the cur­rent stan­dards. With newer tech­nolo­gies in fiber com­ing in we will see a larger use of fiber for var­i­ous projects, how­ever cop­per still has a long in­ning to play.

In the re­cent months, struc­tured ca­bling has seen more im­ple­men­ta­tions of Au­to­mated In­fra­struc­ture Man­age­ment sys­tems. This en­ables or­ga­ni­za­tions to mon­i­tor their net­work, and con­trol it in case of any er­rors, hence re­duc­ing down­time dras­ti­cally. De­vel­op­ments in new Cat.8 tech­nolo­gies will help or­ga­ni­za­tions in bet­ter data trans­mis­sion but that’s some­thing for the fu­ture at the mo­ment.

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