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Future-proofing Telecom Networks for 5G deployment

Vertiv in the Telecom Space: Scale with Confidence

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5G in Asia

Anticipation for 5G networks has reached fever pitch as mobile operators are racing against time to be the first to deploy next level ultra-fast, low latency connectivity to billions of mobile subscribers. In fact, 5G will arrive sooner rather than later as initial deployment is expected to arrive as early as 2021.

Many countries in Asia are leading the way in developing 5G architecture, including South Korea, Japan and Australia. For telecom operators, this presents a multitude of challenges that needs to be addressed both on Greenfield and brownfield sites. Ultimately, having the right infrastructure is critical for the success of 5G deployment.

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Preparing your network for 5G deployment

Many telecom operators are faced with the challenge of having to improve upon existing sites to get them ready fro 5G architecture. For example, the power and cooling systems that exists today will need to be expanded and, in some cases, upgraded, to ensure the long-term reliability, maintainability and profitability of 5G network technology. Energy efficiency strategies also need to be revisited and existing sites reevaluated to ensure 5G preparedness.

Below are some areas that telecom operators need to evaluate to ensure they are prepared for 5G:

Infrastructure Challenges

Core infrastructure supports a vast array of functions within the network, from enabling mobile services to hosting cloud offerings and handling backend IT requirements.
Increasing support of more IT functions makes the core prone to high heat densities.
The small footprint of many existing core facilities intensifies the heat density issue.
Operators must reevaluate existing infrastructure to ensure that it is able to support the rapidly-evolving high-density computing environment.
Optimizing existing infrastructure for maximum reliability and efficiency, while ensuring flexibility and adaptability to future needs is key.

Consumers today crave more data and faster broadband speeds. Against this backdrop, operators are faced with the challenge of expanding their network footprint and bringing connectivity closer to customers to avoid customer churn.
With a wide network across scattered locations, operators must reduce latency for its customers and ensure data autonomy.
Relying on the core data center may not be effective and cost-efficient for telco operators. Strengthening the network edge must be considered.

Telco operators continue to expand their network into rural areas, where connecting to utility power may not be practical.
Managing and maintaining power at remote sites often requires the use of generators. Getting diesel to these locations is a challenge complicated by theft, road conditions, and the weather.
Alternative energy sources are an attractive option in remote settings to reduce dependency on fuel, when conditions are conducive.
Protecting vital broadband enclosures from harsh environmental conditions is critical to maintaining connectivity and reliability.

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