Cisco Systems Inc announced the launch of new products to help mobile network operators manage increased data traffic generated by the work from home (WFH) because of the pandemic and as the 5G rollout connects billions more devices to the internet.
Remote healthcare services, streaming video and gaming and homeworking have led to a 25 per cent-45 per cent increase in internet traffic in many regions across the globe since the COVID-19 pandemic, Cisco said in a statement. The addition of 5G to the mix will mean billions of more internet-connected devices.
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Cisco says it expects nearly 30 billion connected devices in 2023, compared with 18.4 billion in 2018.
The company is proposing an approach to designing the network, open to all systems, and says its new routing gear will help telecom operators build high-capacity networks at reduced cost.
“There’s still 3 billion people on the planet who are under-served, which means they can’t get enough connectivity or they’re completely unconnected,” Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager at Cisco, told reporters in an interview.
(With inputs from agencies)