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Data Center Trends 2021: Constructing Holistic Networks 4G, 5G and IoT

On the 21st of October, UK Connects Technical Consultant Chris Bower gave a BrightTALK webinar on ‘Constructing Holistic Networks 4G, 5G and IoT’. Here we take a look at the theme of the webinars, some of his key facts and you can also view his full presentation from the day.

Constructing Holistic Networks 4G, 5G and IoT

Who is Chris Bower?

Chris Bower joined UK Connect as a Technical Consultant back in 2019, bringing with him a wealth of experience, technological knowledge, and expertise from his previous Technical Lead role at Kier Group.  

Chris’ role at UK Connect consists of a variety of tasks including working with all new and existing customers to assist with any of their technical requirements to ensure their experience is easy and issue-free. Chis also spends his time doing research and development to ensure we are at the forefront of construction technology.

Chris is a keen techy through and through and so he spends most of his spare time reading up on new technology and keeping up with industry trends. He holds many technical certifications including Cisco Meraki, Cradlepoint and Microsoft.
PJ Farr

PJ Farr

Managing Director

UK Connect

The theme of the webinar

Chris took part in BrightTALK’s three-day Webinar series: “Data Center trends for 2021”. The series consisted of free thought leadership from the world’s top speakers, vendors and evangelists in the form of live webinars, panel discussions, keynote presentations and webcam videos. From Architects to CIOs, professionals from a diverse range of technical backgrounds attended.

Chris hosted his section of this webinar at 1pm on the 21st of October 2020, with theme being “Constructing Holistic Networks 4G, 5G and IoT”, where he shared his thoughts on the impact of these key technologies and networks whilst also sharing his knowledge on how the Construction Industry itself has utilised this mobile broadband infrastructure. 

Key facts

Throughout the webinar Chris shared with his audience a variety of key facts based solely on the 4G, 5G and IoT theme. Here are just a few of the facts he shared:

  • At this current time we have surpassed 4G speeds in some areas of the world courtesy of LTE-Advanced Pro with speeds of around 120Mbps on certain routers utilising Gigabit Class LTE 
  • Sub-6Ghz 5G cannot transmit as far as 4G/LTE (.8Ghz to 3.6Ghz) connections so you need to be pretty close to a 5G cell tower
  • As of 2020, a total of 50 billion devices are expected to be connected to the Internet. That is the same number of chickens the entire worldwide population eat in one year!
  • Thanks to new wireless technologies and other IoT-related advancements the number of devices will balloon to 500 billion devices by 2030, that represents a 900% increase in just 10 years 

Please view the full video below or to sign up for future BrightTALK events click here.

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UK Connect are dedicated to being at the forefront of construction technology. To find out more about how we can help please call 0333 015 5368 or contact us today.

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