Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out…

Confession: When I first started in this industry, I had no idea that my WiFi network was connected by cables. I’m not sure how I thought all that data travelled back and forth: Invisible magic laser beams? Alien sound waves? On the backs of dust motes? Truth be told, I had never given it a single second of thought. It all just kind of, well, worked (most of the time).

Fast forward three years, and I’ve almost wrapped my head around wireless technology and how it’s deployed. Emphasis on the almost.

However, in keeping with the breakneck pace of change in our industry, just as I’ve just about figured one thing out, there are new Wi-Fi developments underway and a new player in the mix – 5G.

Skater5G is making a lot of waves in the trade pubs. Intel has been marketing their 5G solution heavily, using the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang as their testing ground. (Although some thought leaders are suggesting that Intel’s claims are all smoke and mirrors, and the technology isn’t nearly as far along as Intel says it is.)

Regardless of these arguments, 5G being heralded as the next great technology, with a potential impact large enough to bring about a new industrial age. 5G is poised to have a significant influence on how we’ll communicate, travel, purchase, and manufacture things.

But wait, get this…This latest generation of wireless grabbing headlines is based in cellular technologies.

Say what?! It’s like they’re trying to confuse me on purpose.

I think PC Magazine explained it best: “Like other cellular networks, 5G networks use a system of cell sites that divide their territory into sectors and send encoded data through radio waves. Each cell site must be connected to a network backbone, whether through a wired or wireless backhaul connection.”

Some big claims have been made about 5G. It brings the promise is greater speeds (to transmit more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (like sensors and smart devices). Some say it’s the only form of wireless we’ll need.

But 5G also brings with it quite a few unanswered questions and some uncertainty about the feasibility of its deployment. Will it replace Wi-Fi? If so, how? And who’s going to pay for it?

Register for our next webinar on March 21st to learn how 5G technology will fit in with the other wireless developments on the horizon. Register now. 

The Real Effects of an Underperforming Network

By: Jim Frey, Director of Marketing

TurksEarlier this year, my family and I went on a dream vacation to a small Caribbean island called Turks and Caicos. We had heard from others who had been there that the place was amazing. So after two years of saving and planning we went. Bottom line, the place was everything we had heard and more. It was absolutely beautiful, with crystal clear water, plenty of things to do, and excellent service. However, there was one part of our experience that stood out as a BIG negative. Continue reading

Meet Jim Frey

Here’s another installment of TekTalk’s “Meet the Presenter” series, which gives you a glimpse into the professional and personal lives of the people who make Berk-Tek tick.

JimFrey_Headshot_200x225This month’s featured presenter is Jim Frey, Director of Marketing – Enterprise Segment. Jim will be hosting our first webinar of 2016 on January 21 at 11 a.m. EST. Register now for In 2019, Everything Will Change: Is Your Network Ready?

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