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Clearfield 2020 Predictions: Fiber Fuels Emerging Trends

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual series exclusive.

By Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield

Fiber Fuels Emerging Trends

In 2019, we saw an increasing variety of exciting and potentially transformative technologies move from the theoretical and conceptual, to product availability for early adopters. In 2020, IoT, VR/AR and Edge Computing are just some of the technologies that show great promise. During 2020, we should start to see 5G move from promises to part of our daily lives - with a common thread being a dependency on bandwidth and this means fiber, and in many areas, fiber densification.  

The demand for broadband will only continue to grow, along with industry pressure to provide reliable, low latency, seamless connectivity. In the coming year, fiber optic cables will ramp up to support 100 gigabit speeds. We will continue to see emerging wireless technology and services dominate, but making these new services a reality brings us back to fiber. Widespread deployment of wireless services will require more wireline infrastructure than ever.

Network operators are making significant capital investments to build out networks to support today's data traffic, and fiber management and connectivity should be top of mind. Many of the technology shifts we're seeing will rely on the new network elements to support 5G wireless, which will require an aggregation point where fibers and power access points connect. The question is, how will the 5G market build the infrastructure that allows the next generation of fiber to succeed, as well as extending the bandwidth of those networks already in place? The ability to deliver fiber anywhere is key to addressing deployment challenges in both the wireline and wireless landscape. Whether delivering fiber to the home, cell tower or small cell, fiber will fuel the engine that drives digital transformation forward.

In the year ahead, instead of focusing on the potential of technological advancements, the industry needs to evaluate what it will take to ensure next-generation services are not simply a game of trial and error.

As we gear up for 2020, the questions that will shape the priorities of the industry will be:

  • How do we rapidly speed the task of fiber deployment while keeping capex costs at a minimum?
  • How do we enable ubiquitous 5G fiber connectivity and converge infrastructure currently in place to allow seamless integration of 5G?


About the Author

Kevin Morgan 

Kevin leads the marketing efforts for Clearfield as Chief Marketing Officer and joined the company 2016. He currently serves as the 2019 Fiber Broadband Association's Chairman of the Board and has led the association as a board member since 2010. 

Prior to joining Clearfield, he spent two decades serving in various senior marketing positions at ADTRAN, Inc. where he gained extensive experience in advanced communications technology, fiber optic systems, and business product marketing. Before that, he spent a decade at telephone operating company BellSouth, now a part of AT&T, where he worked as the lead product evaluations resource of broadband technologies in the Science & Technology department. He was elected the 2015 Chairman of the Board for the FTTH Council Americas after first joining the board in 2010.

Morgan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Alabama.

Published Monday, December 30, 2019 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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