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Before the mobile phones and World Wide Web revolution, it was the Star Trek Series that flung us to a world where tricorders would scan, analyze and provide real-time information about heath, environment and even Warp-drive propulsion systems.Today, this far-fetched idea is slowly becoming a reality and the idea of not having the information with a single click gives us shivers. As more and more things around us are becoming smart and connected, the demand for higher capacity mobile traffic will only continue to surge.
As a result we see fiber optic penetration to strengthen the mobile broadband network including novel ideas like fiber-to-the-antenna, centralized radio access network, fronthauling, small cell backhauling, which is only a start. The mobile network is expected to transform further to provide even lower latency, better flexibility together with network automation and virtualization while bringing the cloud closer to the mobile edge to provide users with superior experience. Today applications and content run in the cloud and are connected to the mobile subscribers via mobile backhaul networks. The idea of having cloud computing capability at the mobile edge known as Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is being standardized in an ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG). MEC would bring cloudlets close to end users and would ensure interactive and bandwidth-intensive applications to run in quasi-warp speed.
The future of cloud and mobile networks will be very different to what we see today. It will be a brave new world where mission-critical applications, self-driving vehicles, automated industries, IoT services will all support new markets and innovative businesses ever while making our lives more like the Jetsons. Isn’t that incredible that we get to experience all of this in our lifetime?