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5G-Wireline Network Convergence

(Toronto, Canada - Wei-Jiun Su)


 - Network Convergence

Network convergence combines support for multimedia, telephony, and data on a single network. Network convergence primarily serves large, complex organizations where mobile and internet connections are regulated behind the same firewall or login credentials. 

With Network Convergence, registered users can access their Internet, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and mobile connections through a single network that supports everything from email, VoIP and Web browsing to text messaging.

Network convergence allows all network services - voice, data, video - to be delivered on the same network with consistent performance. Network convergence also allows large corporate, government and university IT departments to apply firewall rules, automated antivirus and malware scanning, and other security measures pervasively across all data connections.


- Converged Network Challenges

Convergence in networking occurs when a network provider provides network services for voice, data, and video in a single network product, rather than a separate network for each of these services. This allows businesses to use one network from one provider for all communications and cloud-based services. It also allows businesses to more easily balance bandwidth needs between services that use the network.

  • Many services on many devices: Running all of a company's communications and cloud-based services over a converged network requires IT teams to carefully manage the dynamic bandwidth requirements of different services across many types of devices.
  • The risk is even greater if cybercriminals breach security: If cybercriminals are able to penetrate the security measures of a converged network, all parts of the network may be vulnerable, not just one isolated area.
  • Constrained by competing standards: Legislation governing different spectrum bandwidths or frequencies for specific technologies has historically limited converged network solutions. Currently, organizations must adhere to a number of competing network standards. Fiber connectivity, broadband, DSL, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, WAN/SAN, vWAN/vSAN, SD-WAN and mobile may all have different requirements for video, text, data and voice transmission.

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