UK Connectivity Projects Hint at New Ideas of Working
BriefsOuterspace 2021-08-03 Guru-One
Internet Connectivity changes - not faster but a different, better user experience. [Updated 3-Aug-21]
While most shared workspace operators currently get Internet connectivity through conventional fixed fibre, there are encouraging signs of progress on integrating multiple forms of connection as a connectivity solution.
Integrated means combining the emerging media such as mobile (5G & 4G) and LEO satellite providers (Starlink, One Web), with current fixed fibre to work together as a system.
Initial projects include performance testing satellite and 5G/4G combining to work seamlessly.
Why is this important? The changing nature of Internet traffic has performance needs beyond mere bandwidth rates. So these tests look at how cloud applications are performing, along with streaming video and voice, rather than just simple download speeds. New use cases are developing. That is, these projects use technology to change the infrastructure of a business.
Workspace operators will find, once these projects mature, they will need to be plugged into these developing connectivity networks as well. Otherwise, customers might work more easily on the train than in the operator’s offices. But also, this new connectivity may in time change the location and nature of workspaces operators deploy.
Read more at Computer Weekly here
Meanwhile, UK government announces today progress towards 85% coverage for gigabit Internet. This could drive down costs but importantly, make smaller and more far-flung locations possible. Lets hope the money is spent more wisely than the BDUK Superfast scheme of the past 4 years. Read more here
Inmarsat announces Orchestra, a single network of 5G and LEO Satellite which will infill difficult locations. Details at Fierce Wireless