More Speed, More Devices, but Infrastructure is Lagging Behind.

AuthorGrinius, Vincentas

Increased use of internet services, broader application of lot devices, and COVID-related shift to remote work are just a few factors, accelerating the transition to the new era of the Internet. However, the current network architecture is falling behind the imposed expectations to support new-age integrations, leaving to wonder if the gap will close up any time soon.

The use of Internet resources has been growing exponentially, reinforcing the need for a more capable cyberspace infrastructure to support the immense surge. Although many complex tech solutions are leading the Internet to a new era, the current network architecture is lagging to progress at the same speed, raising the question if the fallback will force current developments to hit the brakes till it can catch up.

Business Insider projects there will be over 41 billion IoT devices by the year 2027--a truly staggering growth in comparison to 2019, when there was about 8 billion. The fast-paced development of the Internet of Things is one of the main triggers, pushing the network to evolve infrastructure-wise.

Heavily-reliant on real-time data, IoT needs significant data speeds to utilize its full potential.

Vincentas Grinius, CEO at IPXO--an IP resource management platform--has shared several insights about the situation at hand and how it will impact progress going forward.

"Low latency and high-speed data processing are prerequisites for IoT applications. Since 4G is fairly limited in terms of signal strength, the need for more capacity became one of the triggers driving the 5G development," says Vincentas Grinius, CEO at IPXO.

"Fifth-gen carries the promise of unmatched speed and reliability, able to fuel the growing number of Internet connections. Yet, with the disagreements among the main market players and a global pandemic, the 5G rollout is bound to experience some slowdown."

In China, although being the frontrunner in the new wireless, 5G is also not living up to the hype: many of the new high-tech towers, transmitting 5G bandwidth, are only operational for half a day. Furthermore, it is estimated that approximately 10 million stations still need to be installed to reach similar coverage as 4G currently has.

Alongside infrastructure, other integrations are being developed to speed up the web as well. For...

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