Chris Collura, vice president of Federal Sales at CommScope, wrote in a commentary published Wednesday that federal agencies seeking to advance information technology modernization should upgrade their network infrastructure supporting internet-connected devices.
He said the systems of wireless access points, multigigabit ethernet switches and routers and converged cables serve as the “backbone” of five next-gen technologies: 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum, internet of things and cloud.
Collura said 5G networks could support artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual and augmented realty, IoT and other next-gen capabilities. “5G is expected to make its true roll-out later this year after radio spectrum and 5G-enabled devices become more available,” he said.
He noted that agencies could leverage large datasets they maintain and store with faster internet speeds and increased bandwidth that Wi-Fi 6 could bring.
“There are no lack of options when it comes to IT budgets, but by prioritizing modernization, including these five technologies, federal agencies will be investing in solutions that can be used for years to come,” Collura wrote.
“That said, in order to take full advantage of these capabilities, agencies need to modernize their IT and network infrastructure. In doing so, government agencies will be in a better position to adjust to new and emerging requirements.”
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