The Doorstep of 5G

 

It may sound like its a ways off, but we are all standing on the doorstep of the new 5G world.  Metropark Mobility is poised perfectly to be your guide to 5G.

When the Wright brothers invented the airplane, it fundamentally altered how we experience traveling. It wasn’t just about speed. Yes, it was great getting from St. Louis to Miami in less time. But flight also gave us the thrill of defying gravity and soaring to new heights.

Flight became a new “user experience” for every traveler: the space-age feel of the airport; the visceral rumble in the chest as the turbine engines fire up; the press of G-force as the plane accelerates down the runway; the flutter in the stomach as the plane leaves the ground; the exhilaration of bursting through the clouds cruising at 30,000 feet.

Just as the airplane fundamentally changed the traveling experience and set off a chain reaction of innovation, so too does 5G promise to alter the nature of our digital experience.

Some hear “5G” and just think it means faster connection speeds. However, it goes beyond that. As it matures, 5G is expected to alter the very DNA of our user experience in dramatic, exciting ways—from leisure to healthcare to retail to manufacturing to finance and beyond.

To imagine what’s coming, it helps to look back where we’ve been. How would your business be faring if you never adopted any mobile technology beyond the 2G world? It’s like opting to keep the abacus instead of upgrading your team to computers and spreadsheets.

 

So what does the timeline to 5G look like?

 

In terms of capacity, our main 5G partner AT&T has invested over $27 billion in the spectrum technology over the past five years. And as a result, we have 60 megahertz of deployable spectrum, which includes First Net’s (the network we’re building for first responders) 20 megahertz of prime nationwide spectrum for public safety and secondary use.

Today’s mobile devices and personal electronics typically use sub-6GHz frequencies on the radio frequency spectrum. But, as in our metaphor of traffic and commuting, these frequencies, or data traffic lanes, are getting increasingly congested as the number of devices proliferates.

5G will be able use new spectrum bands with significantly more depth making those lanes wider where needed (like urban areas with dense data traffic).

Part of the 5G experience will be fueled by mmWave (millimeter wave) technology. 5G will be transmitting, in part, on shorter mmWaves in the 24-300 GHz range — a section of the spectrum that hasn’t been used before for wireless and mobile devices. 

 

 

Just as the airplane fundamentally changed the traveling experience and set off chain reaction of innovation, 5G promises to alter the nature of the digital experience for business. We like to think of 5G as the first network built with the business user in mind.

Metropark is working with the 5G innovators to ensure that our services and solutions are 5G-primed. In other words, they will help businesses be ready to take advantage of 5G technology and combined with Metropark IoT Framework, businesses are much further along than most.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Move To The Cloud

 

  Reduced Costs

Cloud providers typically charge based on the features, storage, number of users, time, or resources a company uses. With that in mind, your company can choose a package that suits your budget and requirements. The old model involved setup and ongoing maintenance of on-premise data center infrastructure. When you shift to cloud computing, you will only pay for the services procured.

  Flexibility

Mobility has become a core component to conducting business today. Having the flexibility to work from home or any location other than your office isn't just a luxury, it's a necessity. Cloud services allow you and your employees to complete their tasks when it's most effective or efficient for them. It also allows your clients to be cared for and managed with a much higher level service.

  Scalability

The traditional way of planning for growth is to purchase and keep additional servers, storage, and licenses. It may take years before you actually utilize the resources and gain a return on your investment. Scaling cloud computing services is easy. You can get additional functionality, features or storage space whenever you need them. On the flip side, you can turn off any services that may no longer be needed in the event you may need to scale back.

  No Need for a Backup Plan

A cloud service provider is responsible for one thing above all else... providing a solution that is always there for your business. So making sure that your data is backed up, protected, and available is there responsibility, not yours! The savings from not having to purchase backup infrastructure, storage, emergency support, and contingency plans in the event of a disaster could save you thousands of dollars and days of a good night's rest.

  Data Security

Investing in the latest security technologies is becoming more and more expensive. Also, staying current with all of the latest security measures and policies is next to impossible. Cloud services provide highly available and redundant systems so in the event of a failure or security issue, backup systems can take over to make sure you stay in business. Not to mention, teams of security experts and analysts can provide a level of physical and virtual security just not attainable in most organizations.

  A Wide Range of Options

Cloud services have wide ranges of options and features that can be tailored to your business’ needs. For instance, if you are looking for software, you will have hundreds of options from different providers. You can choose the service providers with the best features and rates for the service that your business needs.

  Improved Collaboration

Cloud services like PBX in the Cloud and collaboration services like Boomea can provide a new level of communication and flexibility for individuals and teams. Users and teams can share data and collaborate on projects remotely just as easily as they can in the same location. Field workers can easily update and share real time data with employees in the office. Better communication can speed-up daily tasks, lesson errors, increase efficiency, and keep overhead costs at a minimum.

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Fast Times With Fiber Internet

Internet connectivity over the newest fiber-optic networks has become the clear winner in the broadband wars.  Fiber Internet is the fastest and delivers the highest quality data service for your business.
 
 
 

"Surfing This New Internet Connection Is So Gnarly!!"

 
 
 
 
You may ask how it became the best, well, Fiber Internet is delivered over light instead of the old fashion electrical data transmission.  Light is just way more faster and less restrictive than electrical impulses. Believe it or not, the Federal Communication Commission has even weighed in on Fiber.  They say, fiber providers consistently offer 117% of advertised speed, even during times of peak demand.
 
"Danger is my business!!"
 
You own or manage an awesome business, but you want to play it safe.  Make sure you steer away from dangerous and disastrous situations.  New technology helps alleviate those types of situations but understandably new technology can be very confusing. So let’s go over some of the high level advantages that come with Fiber Internet.  
 
Connection Speed
When you bring fiber internet into your business you can increase your bandwidth greatly.  You see, what you probably have now is delivered over a Copper wire infrastructure and that is “so 1990s”. Copper was created for telephone voice calling and Internet bandwidth need was rather low back in those day.  If you still have voice or data being delivered over a T-1, you are only getting 1.544 Mbps of bandwidth.  That is soooooo tiny.  
 
Not only that, but because the electrical infrastructure is designed the way it is, most of the higher bandwidth options have distance limitations.  If your business is lucky enough to be within 15,000 feet from a phone company building, you may be able to get Ethernet over Copper but that is very rare and not available in most areas. Since Metropark delivers a ton of Voice and PBX services to all types of businesses, moving your voice or VoIP over to fiber internet would be an extremely vital advantage.
 
Dedicated or Shared
Most business owners and managers have purchased a "Shared" Internet solution from their current provider.  This means they have a big download speed and a teeny tiny upload speed.  This has been the norm for the past several years.   "Dedicated" Internet is delivered with the same upload speed and download speed.  When its dedicated the bandwidth is only and all yours. No sharing with your neighbors.  But if you are sharing your internet with all your neighbors, you can usually get something like 45mb down and 2mb up or maybe 100mb down and 5mb up. This will fluctuate of course since you are sharing the bandwidth.  When you have dedicated internet and since its all yours, you may have a 10mb up and 10mb down connections. Or 100mb up and 100mb down. Or 1000mb up and 1000mb down.  Dedicated means no sharing and its all yours.  Very cool!!
 
Just so you know, the FCC considers broadband service as a connection with a download speed of 25mb and an upload of 3mb. Wouldn’t it be great if your business had 500mb or maybe 1 Gigabit Speeds!!  
 
Distance
Copper wire was built out to your business location as a T1, DSL or Coax Internet option.  Shared Broadband primarily, but the really big Internet speeds was relegated as big connections between the big providers.  We used to call them “Long Haul” connections over Fiber.  All of the Cellular towers primarily used Fiber to connect back to the cellular networks, for example.
 
The signal for copper Internet networks degrades as the signal is carried from the phone company building a.k.a central office (CO).  Fiber doesn't.
 
How far can light travel in a fiber optic cable?
The speed of light in a vacuum is 299,792,458 meters per second, or 186,282 miles per second. In normal optical fibers (silica glass), Internet over fiber is a bit slower than the speed of light, but with the massively faster speeds all you may need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and you’ll be fine.
 
Security
Whoa… loads of places get hacked all the time these days.  It’s really bogus to be hacked and if we don’t get some cool rules ourselves – Pronto, we’ll just be bogus too.    
 
First off, if someone tries to tap into a fiber-optic cable, there is a big chance that the glass fiber will break. When this happens an alarm happens and notifies the maintenance professionals of exactly where the tap or break occurred and the hack attempt would most likely fail immediately.
 
Here are some big words for the science kids in Mr. Vargas's class. Electromagnetic signals are not radiated by fiber-optic cables because they are dielectric, meaning they do not transmit electricity. That means to most of us in Mr. Hand’s class that your business data is nearly impossible to be intercepted by sensitive hacker's antennas.  Copper cables, on the other “hand”, can be picked up by sensitive antennas no problem. The cable’s radiated energy can be intercepted and eavesdropping can occur. Its crazy, but the electromagnetic signals can be tapped without any indication you’ve been hacked at all.
 
Consistency
If you have Copper based Internet now, you probably know that outages can happen far too often. Temperature variations, windy-icy-severe weather conditions, and plain old water or moisture can cause a loss of connectivity quickly. Old or worn copper cable can even be a fire hazard, due to the fact it carries an electric current. Yikes! How about screwing up your consistency and dependability of your copper Internet because of interference from electronic or radio signals. Also, your copper wires are accessed in the building by telephone company people and sometimes they can make mistakes and mess with the wrong cable… yours!!!  Copper wires all go back to the telephone company's Central Office where disconnections happen frequently. Your Fiber Internet is independent of the old phone company infrastructure, their old termination points, and their old equipment.
 
Cable Size
The speed of the Internet transmitted over copper cable is directly related to the weight of cable installed in your business. To reach much higher speeds, more cable must be used, which requires more space in your telecommunications room.  Fiber Internet cable's speed is not connected to its size, and it's a far lighter weight than copper. This makes it easier to use, and requires very little room in your telecommunications area.
 
Stronger
Copper cable is a relatively delicate technology. Typically, it can sustain about 25 pounds of pressure without being compromised, which means it can be damaged or put into one of your many “outages” very easily during routine operations anywhere along the way.  But fiber Internet can resist about 200 pounds of pressure, meaning it is far less likely to be damaged during routine operations.
 
Price
Righteous Bucks!  Investing in fiber internet can cost more than copper in the short term.  But over the past few months the price has been cut dramatically.  Ultimately, the total cost of ownership (TCO) over the lifetime of fiber is lower. It's more durable, cheaper to maintain, and requires less hardware, not to mention what the cost is to be suffering another "outage". The rewards of having fiber Internet make it overall, a more cost-effective investment for your business or any business of any size. 
 
Great Timing
The timing is just perfect to add the security and incredible bandwidth speeds to your business. In fact the timing is Awesome! Totally Awesome! 
 
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7 Ways VoIP SIP Trunking Can Change Your Business

 

Businesses are rushing to adopt VoIP / SIP Trunking. By the end of 2019, it has grown to a $10 Billion industry (with a B). So why exactly is VoIP SIP Trunking adoption growing so fast? The fact is that more and more business leaders are realizing SIP Trunking can offer huge benefits to their companies.

Here are seven major ways that SIP Trunking can help businesses:

Cloud communications and unified communications have gone mainstream: VoIP SIP Trunking makes it easy to deliver and manage cloud communications services and migrate from the PSTN to VoIP with its amazing features.
 

Rapid Return on Investment: VoIP SIP Trunking has a negligible CAPEX requirement meaning that, as businesses can maintain the same features they receive with their local PBX, they will quickly recoup the benefits of switching.
 

Leverage ubiquitous broadband availability: VoIP SIP Trunks are delivered over IP and are available wherever broadband is. With broadband availability spreading across the US, more businesses will be free to take advantage of VoIP SIP Trunking.
 

Faster geographic growth: By using networking to combine voice and data, VoIP SIP Trunks can better connect distant business locations to expand a company’s geographic voice and data system.
 

Reduced call cost: SIP Trunking can dramatically reduce the cost of making and taking calls, with Gartner reporting that adopting SIP Trunking can half a businesses’ telecommunications cost.
 

Unprecedented mobility: SIP Trunking can help tie together mobile devices and remote workers by enabling a blend of on-premise and cloud-based services, creating a best-of-both-worlds solution.
 

Scalability at peak times: Unlike traditional POTs and T1/PRI lines that require planning for peak call times, SIP trunking offers the flexibility of on-demand scalability.
 

These are all big positives for businesses and so far an estimated 75% of all companies have adopted VoIP SIP Trunking service and are currently realizing these benefits.  

As more Analog / TDM T1 lines are replaced with broadband-capable infrastructure, safe projected estimates are that VoIP SIP Trunking adoption will rise to over 95% by 2024.  This increadible growth to almost full adoption in the next few years is a huge leap and presents a massive opportunity to offer customers streamlined migration from their legacy systems, if they are to take advantage of this explosive growth in demand.

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