We discuss the following topics in this blog:
- CSPs making the call for digitisation.
- STL’s latest product solution – Digital Cloud-Native Platform (dCNP).
- dCNP enabling businesses to run B2B2X, B2B, IoT
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
How will Digitisation and 5G Shake Hands for a Better Future?
The rapid evolution of the enterprise market is making way for newer technological innovations in 5G, Internet of Things (IoT); digital marketplaces are a few of them. Amidst these, communication service providers (CSPs) have to look beyond voice and data to stay ahead in this race. The call for digitization is heard among many CSPs. They firmly believe that 5G is not just a revenue earner, but it will also create a more significant value proposition for them.
How STL is Enabling CSPs to Run 5G on Open Native Cloud?
CSPs will look at 5G as a technology enabler with the ability to run on an open native cloud and offer multiple services with it, and CSPs will look at STL to make it happen. STL’s latest product solution – Digital Cloud-Native Platform (dCNP) suite is 5G enterprise-ready with supported multi and cloud-native, and with microservices, IoT support and aligns with TMForums’s ‘open API framework’ open-source Application Program Interface (API), ensuring interoperability and orchestration of workloads.
STL’s dCNP cloud-native platform features:
- Self-deployable, self-upgrade, and self-manage – resulting in 50% reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
- Extreme automation, deep observability, and offers zero-touch operations.
- Manage workloads deployed anywhere, be it hosted on private, public, or multi-cloud environments
- Containerization helps to simplify deployment
- Orchestration of workloads at scale
- API manager to build and integrate APIs
- 27 plus open-source components
- Flexible workflow and automated life cycle management, continuous audit, integration, and continuous delivery
- Cloud data service integration of platform, application, software, and database, and much more
With such a solution, CSPs can build, deliver and bundle offers with partners and drive business models such as B2B2X, B2B, IoT, and wholesale 5G use cases and monetize it and a supported partner ecosystem that comes along with it. Watch this video to know more.
What is WiFi?
Put simply, WiFi is a technology that uses radio waves to create a wireless network through which devices like mobile phones, computers, printers, etc., connect to the internet. A wireless router is needed to establish a WiFi hotspot that people in its vicinity may use to access internet services. You’re sure to have encountered such a WiFi hotspot in houses, offices, restaurants, etc.
To get a little more technical, WiFi works by enabling a Wireless Local Area Network or WLAN that allows devices connected to it to exchange signals with the internet via a router. The frequencies of these signals are either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bandwidths. These frequencies are much higher than those transmitted to or by radios, mobile phones, and televisions since WiFi signals need to carry significantly higher amounts of data. The networking standards are variants of 802.11, of which there are several (802.11a, 802.11b, 801.11g, etc.).
What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
An optical fibre cable is a cable type that has a few to hundreds of optical fibres bundled together within a protective plastic coating. They help carry digital data in the form of light pulses across large distances at faster speeds. For this, they need to be installed or deployed either underground or aerially. Standalone fibres cannot be buried or hanged so fibres are bunched together as cables for the transmission of data.
This is done to protect the fibre from stress, moisture, temperature changes and other externalities. There are three main components of a optical fibre cable, core (It carries the light and is made of pure silicon dioxide (SiO2) with dopants such as germania, phosphorous pentoxide, or alumina to raise the refractive index;
Typical glass cores range from as small as 3.7um up to 200um), Cladding (Cladding surrounds the core and has a lower refractive index than the core, it is also made from the same material as the core; 1% refractive index difference is maintained between the core and cladding; Two commonly used diameters are 125µm and 140µm) and Coating (Protective layer that absorbs shocks, physical damage and moisture; The outside diameter of the coating is typically either 250µm or 500µm; Commonly used material for coatings are acrylate,Silicone, carbon, and polyimide).
An optical fibre cable is made up of the following components: Optical fibres – ranging from one to many. Buffer tubes (with different settings), for protection and cushioning of the fibre. Water protection in the tubes – wet or dry. A central strength member (CSM) is the backbone of all cables. Armoured tapes for stranding to bunch the buffer tubes and strength members together. Sheathing or final covering to provide further protection.
The five main reasons that make this technology innovation disruptive are fast communication speed, infinite bandwidth & capacity, low interference, high tensile strength and secure communication. The major usescases of optical fibre cables include intenet connectivity, computer networking, surgery & dentistry, automotive industry, telephony, lighting & decorations, mechanical inspections, cable television, military applications and space.