The network environment is rapidly changing. Cloud-based computing is the future of telecom, and it’s having a profound impact on the way infrastructure is built and maintained.
The Cloud and Infrastructure
Telecom infrastructure has demanding requirements. Scalability and reliability are two of the most critical, but cloud-computing is complicating the matter. Cloud technologies require incredibly high bandwidth which in turn requires thicker and/or more cables to support them. Because “The Cloud” actually stores the data it transmits, its physical components are exponentially more complex – and larger – than those of traditional broadband internet.
Fiber and Cloud Computing
The answer to many of the problems posed by cloud computing lies in fiber. Fiber optic cables can carry many terabytes of bandwidth in a single second, especially when layered on top of each other. Unfortunately, what fiber optic cabling offers in performance it lacks in durability; microscopic surface flaws drastically hinder the material’s ability to transmit data.
The answer? Better utility infrastructure. When new, fiber lines are relatively well conditioned to avoid dynamic fatigue and aging. Typically encased in GFRP or other insulated casing, these cables are often buried underground where the effects of the environment are fairly minimal.
Bridges and Cloud Cabling
The most vulnerable fiber optic cables are above ground. When cables break ground to enter equipment boxes, traverse highways, and span bridges, they’re more at risk for serious malfunction due to environmental stressors. As our reliance on cloud computing increases, it’s all the more important for these cables to be protected and maintained.
Aptus works with telecom utilities to install, maintain, and repair utility piping on bridges. Many of our telecom clients are furiously working to upgrade their existing infrastructure to fiber optic cable (or increase the bandwidth of existing cables), but doing so takes a delicate hand. A single break in an extensive fiber cable line can disrupt access to The Cloud for thousands and even millions of customers.
Bridges offer an excellent resource to telecom utility providers seeking to upgrade their infrastructure. Already above ground, bridge-attached utilities can be easily modified and more readily serviced than buried utilities, a must in the digital space. Bridges are, however, inherently vulnerable to factors like wind, moisture, and vibration. The telecom utilities attached to many of America’s 600,000+ bridges are fast becoming some of the country’s most important.
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We work with industries ranging from natural gas to telecommunications, and our teams have decades of experience preventing utility disasters and improving utility performance.