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5G network rollouts are speeding up globally and spectrums are being allocated to enterprises, allowing the rise of private 5G networks – a network that does not need to share traffic with other cellular networks in the vicinity. This can be a crucial turning point for enterprises, especially for manufacturers who require 5G capabilities to implement the digital transformative applications that drive smart factories, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The pace of innovation in the networking world continues to increase with the immense growth in devices, increased data flow, and new protocols. As demands for higher throughput and efficiency drive switch development, the standard fixed-function application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) have started to make way for more flexible programmable switch that allows greater control of the data plane. Programmable switch ASICs deliver complete customized flexibility without sacrificing performance, power, or costs.  

The “edge” has become a popular term because it brings value to businesses. Edge computing refers to the data at the network’s edge – on, near or around the physical thing producing the data, which allows the local devices to process the time-sensitive data, rather than having to send the data to a centralized control server for analysis.

Open standards allow for interoperability between different equipment from different suppliers, enabling network operators with freedom of choice and moving away from expensive, proprietary solutions. They establish protocols and building blocks to help make applications more functional, making possible for greater use of software-defined networking, hence cloud computing, network function virtualization and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques can be used to control core network functions.

5G networks pushed to the edge can give enterprise options to enhance services and deliver new use cases with the level of control and investment they want. The challenge for telecommunications service providers is resolving how to get a good return on investment (ROI) on the expensive infrastructure for 5G networks. One solution is private 5G networks, defined as a network with dedicated bandwidth and infrastructure for specific use cases to meet business needs for specific customers. 

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that allows network cables to transmit data and power simultaneously using a single Ethernet cable. PoE technology has the ability to send 10/100/1000 Mbps of data, in addition to 15W, 30W,60W, and up to 90W of power to devices over Cat.5e, Cat.6, Cat.6a, Cat.7, and Cat.8 Ethernet cables within a maximum distance of 100 meters. PoE follows the IEEE 802.3af, 802.3at, and 802.3bt standards governed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and determines networking equipment interoperability requirements.

Fronthaul architecture configurations have the ability to balance the reliability, throughput, and latency demands of advanced applications on 5G networks. Depending on the type of data handling needed, fronthaul layered architecture can be distributed across the network between edge data centers and central data centers. This framework will enable wireless carriers and mobile operators to upgrade and enhance their wireless networks without being tied to legacy equipment and accelerate large-scale 5G fronthaul deployment in a scalable manner.