The Evolving Enterprise Network

The building backbone needs to support a 10X transition from 1Gbps wall outlets to 10Gbps ceiling drops.

Several years ago, standard practice was to drop four 1-gigabit-persecond (Gbps) network drops to each wall outlet. Back then, wireless was considered a convenience and it was purely an optional overlay.

Today, we are witnessing fewer 1Gbps network drops to each wall outlet and many more 10Gbps ceiling drops to support wireless growth. Wireless has evolved from an optional convenience, to an expected service.

Moving forward, the ceiling will become digitized with connected sensors to control building automation systems. Additionally, growing bandwidth demands will ultimately require Wireless Access Point (WAP) density of one WAP per room. Like any medium (fiber, copper, wireless), there is an inverse relationship between bandwidth and reach. WAPs will need to broadcast using higher frequencies (5GHz and beyond), where it becomes more difficult to penetrate walls, doors, and other barriers.

In the Enterprise, the network is starting to “feel” the stress and strain of emerging technology, which means we’ll see many more 10Gbps connections to support growing demand, and be forced to consider how that transition will influence the reach of the fiber backbone. Soon the network will require AT LEAST a 40Gbps backbone to support the increase of 10Gbps drops.

Americom offers multimode fiber solutions that can provide you with 500 meters of reach for only about a 6% premium over OM3 which can only go 100 meters at 40G. The unique specification of GIGAlite glass allows Americom to offer much more Power Budget (up to 20% over the standard) for extra distance and/or additional connection points.

Not sure what your network is capable of? Call Americom, “The Right Choice” for a FREE expert assessment from one of our certified technicians. 801-892-0500  Americomtech.com