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INTELLIGENT CABLING Building datacentres at the edge of the network In order to build computing capability at the edge of the network, micro- datacentres will be required, explains Shibu Vahid at R&M. T he growth in private and business data traffic continues unabated. And the Internet of Things, 5G and mobility now need to be taken into consideration as they have begun to cause an additional exponential growth of IP traffic while requiring ultra-low latency even in remote places. The hyperscale datacentres that service providers have been investing in today will not be able to fully cover the new network, computing and storage requirements of the coming years. Therefore, telcos will have to extend computing power to the 30 edge of their network to support their large, central datacentres. Service providers and network operators can prepare for this by setting up the necessary infrastructures for the periphery in good time, providing they start doing so now. This will entail a wide-scale increase in fibre optic cabling, something that is presently happening with the many FTTH undertakings in the region, and the installation of decentralised micro-datacentres. These micro-datacentres are autonomous, automatable and sturdy solutions which have to be powerful enough to assume a leading role in the cloud. A striking application example for edge computing is future of road traffic. A study by the German Fraunhofer research institute, has shown that for cars to be fully automated and safe, they would have to be able to react within 0.1 milliseconds. The exchange of information with the environment, with antennas, sensors and other vehicles would effectively have to take place at the speed of light. Along with future 5G services, this will require a fibre optic network along Issue 17 INTELLIGENT TECH CHANNELS