Anticipating 5G technology – Energy Magazine







In an increasingly demanding market, an end user demands better experiences, no matter what device or operating system they use, they need speed without limits – especially in markets such as online gaming, a segment that is becoming increasingly more competitive.

by Esteban Tapias

Santiago de Chile.- 5G telecommunications technology promotes unprecedented speed, decreased latency and increased quality: playing online on public roads or downloading a full movie in seconds while traveling on public transport are just some of the promises that will soon become a reality. This translates into a notable increase in traffic levels where it is estimated that it will continue to grow at a rate of 17% per year for the next few years.

Added to this are the demands of the market: an end user who demands ever better experiences -regardless of the device or the operating system they use-, a need for speed without limits -especially in markets such as online games-, a segment that is becoming increasingly competitive – just look at the streaming market, which went from having one player to several dozen in just a few years – and a greater voracity for receiving content anytime, anywhere, including platforms digital and e-commerce channels.

Security, scalability, flexibility

One of the pillars to achieve this result, the CDN (acronym in English for “content distribution network”) is the key to solving the three major dilemmas regarding how the user receives their digital experience:

The first, security. The network itself includes different levels of protection to protect the integrity of the applications, prevent intrusions, prevent the implantation of harmful bots and eliminate the risks of DDoS attacks, which are the most widespread.

The second, the capacity. It has the scalability to absorb peaks and a geographical distribution with a presence in more than ninety urban points, which even allows quality to be maintained without being overwhelmed by events such as the massive update of a game or the premiere of a movie worldwide, situations that they usually multiply the demand by ten with respect to the general average.

The third, flexibility. More and more edge solutions are being incorporated to optimize performance in each geographical area, with dynamic and upgradable storage to cater for different user profiles in different regions.

Every user is a server

One step further, the existence of multi-CDN environments guarantees redundancy at all levels: as systems become more critical, it is important that the risks of micro outages or performance degradation disappear.

The best of two worlds, that of CDN, already described, with that of peer to peer combined is Lumen Mesh Delivery, this means that user devices take content from the network and have the ability to share it when they detect geographical proximity. Thus, capillarity and distribution capacity are gained. To achieve this, it uses a standard called WebRTC that is already available in all major browsers and operating systems.

The result improves as the number of users on the network increases. It is scalable by definition and expands coverage at the same rate that devices are distributed, each person is a potential server. Of course, it has a very precise resource management that knows the limits of each device and maintains harmony so that this is transparent to the user.

5G poses numerous challenges while promoting countless opportunities. Knowing how to avoid the first is key to making the most of its potential.

Esteban Tapias is Product Management at Lumen

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