What drives the capacity beast? Traffic!
According to GSMA, 4G mobile connections surpassed one billion in 2015. Additionally, 3 billion LTE devices are expected to ship by 2020, doubling the quantity in 2017. Although 4G connections represented only 26% of mobile connections in 2016, they accounted for 69% of mobile data traffic, because a 4G connection generates six times more traffic than earlier generations. IoT (Internet of Things) devices continue to grow in size and scale and together with smartphone use, will ensure that data traffic will continue to grow rapidly. But the coming 5G launch, with speeds between 1 and 10 Gbps, will create a network backhaul demand 100 times greater than what we see today.
The hurricane season of fall 2017 will be remembered for a long time. The major hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, roared through the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. Many companies and government agencies rushed to help. Reestablishment of communications to these areas became crucial to redefining the supply routes. One company, in particular, was one of the first responders to make this happen — Globecomm.