About Arthur Cole

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Arthur Cole is a freelance journalist specializing in the hi-tech communications and information field. Prior to striking out on his own, Arthur held editorial positions for a wide range of technology publications, covering such industries as audio/video production and distribution, multimedia, computer gaming, and IP communications. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the Southern Connecticut State University. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

Perhaps no network is as critical to the world economy as the power grid. Without electricity, after all, there is no data, no connectivity, not even (gasp!) Netflix.

Increasingly, electric utilities are transitioning to smart power grids to enhance efficiency and drive down costs. By implementing two-way communications between smart devices in the field and centralized data facilities, and then coupling that with intelligent analytics, operators gain unprecedented insight into consumption patterns, grid performance and other metrics to ensure optimal levels of operation at all times ...

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Posted by Arthur Cole on September 25, 2019
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One of the more significant aspects of the transition to 5G communications is the aggregate network that will backhaul traffic to centralized processing resources. 5G traffic is expected to be substantial, after all, which means it will be necessary to upgrade network infrastructure from the edge to the mainframe and back.

The challenge, however, is in knowing where to boost aggregate bandwidth, and how. It stands to reason that urban areas will likely see more 5G traffic than rural – everything from autonomous cars to smart sneakers. At the same time, many of these new services will require far higher levels of reliability and availability than most mobile network operators (MNOs) are used to, which means equipment at the cell site will have to be increasingly sophisticated, even intelligent, as the market evolves ...

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Posted by Arthur Cole on September 12, 2019
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Networking has long relied on proprietary architecture, particularly on the transport layer. The thinking behind this is that while single-vendor solutions tend to be more expensive, they are also more reliable and easier to manage than a collection of interoperable boxes.

But this attitude is quickly coming to an end as new technologies and new data networking requirements fuel demand for open and disaggregated solutions ...
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Posted by Arthur Cole on August 27, 2019
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Wide area networks are in the midst of a dramatic transformation. Whereas once they were used almost exclusively for bulk data transfers between centralized and remote processing centers, they are quickly converting to fabric-style architectures supporting live data connections between the data center, the cloud and the IoT edge ...
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5G is about to hit the world economy like a freight train. Most observers fully expect that by mid-decade, we will have an entirely new digital ecosystem driving new forms of communication, new markets and sales channels, and entirely new levels of wealth.

But 5G is not merely the next step in the evolution of wireless networking. It represents a distinct break from the past in many crucial ways, starting with the need to maintain strict time synchronization across multiple points on any given data chain ...

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