CES 2019: Three Big Trends, One Silent Star
Fiber Broadband Association, , 1/28/2019
CES 2019 -- the famed consumer electronics show -- took place earlier this month and brought techies from far and wide to Las Vegas to preview the newest gadgets. From cars to TVs to smart toilets, we saw wonderful innovations (and some many would consider a bit strange) -- all designed to change how we live, work and play.
Among the useful, the questionable and the bizarre, I saw three major trends emerge -- connected devices for the home 5G or next-generation network apps and services and connected cars. And all of them depend on ubiquitous fiber to work well (and be profitable).
No. 1: Connected home devices
No. 2: 5G
On the hardware side, Samsung showed off a 5G phone prototype, and D-Link rolled out a 5G router for the home. Yes indeed, the tech world is ready and waiting for high-speed 5G wireless.
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No. 3: Autonomous vehicles
Beyond the quirky, CES demonstrated the deep synergy between 5G and future connected cars. Ford announced it will equip its 2022 models with cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology. This system, supported by wireless 5G networks, will enable cars to "talk" to each other about approaching hazards in the road, to "see" around corners, and to detect red lights or pedestrians. John Deere also introduced a self-driving tractor with autopilot capabilities and smart sensors that will benefit greatly from 5G.
No. 4: Fiber fuels all
Fiber supports the highest quality wireless and broadband connections and is faster and more reliable than copper, cable, DSL or wireless. Likewise, the 5G networks showcased at CES will require fiber support. In fact, the architecture of 5G demands great amounts of fiber for both fronthaul (connecting cellular network architecture to remote standalone radio heads at cell sites) and backhaul of the networks. And autonomous vehicles running on 5G also will rely on fiber networks to operate.
The techies in Las Vegas showed us the next big gadgets, but they also confirmed we will need strong, fast, reliable fiber networks to support these innovations.
— Lisa R. Youngers is President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA), the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas. Follow them on Twitter @fiberbroadband.
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