Verticals at the speed of light
Verticals increasingly meet the requirements for convergence of wireless and wireline communication systems. If wired technologies have already been adopted, suitable wireless technologies, such as WiFi and private 5G, are still challenging for low energy consumption end-to-end solutions. In critical networks, the connectivity for providing ultra-low latency Terabits services, and thus fulfilling important 6G KPIs with a large number of access points, requires optical technologies. The convergence between optical wireline and wireless is therefore the next frontier, or paradigm shift.
The identified KPIs, and KVIs, show that the convergence lies in the continuity of optical technology, avoiding as much as possible opto-electronic conversions. Terabits wireless optical technologies are maximising the overall system performance in converged wireless and wireline communication systems while providing physical layer security, energy efficiency, and sustainability.
Reducing the carbon footprint is one of the top five challenges for Verticals. They are responsible companies, e.g., in reducing by a large amount the global carbon emissions. and progress thereby towards carbon neutrality.
All optical communication architecture, in converged wireless and wireline communication systems, is the sole solution for Terabytes per second (TBps) transmission targets, with a promising potential data rate increase at a reasonable cost and with acceptable power consumption.
Light Communication enables new B2C/B2B applications such as new security solutions in mobile health/medical services, creche, campus, military, Industry 4.0 etc., communications. The THz and the optic band can be deployed in short-, mid-, and long-range applications and services including, for example, long range multi-gigabit links etc. There are challenges for Verticals, e.g., Industry 4.0, where platlum enters on the scene.