As data communications becomes more imperative to the daily lives of travelers, it is important that airports support these needs by maintaining a reliable, high-speed broadband connectivity to keep up with the demands of a growing fiber network.
As technological advancements like 5G are deployed into airports, it is important to have a scalable, adaptable network to meet the industry’s growth while delivering a better travel experience. This avoids costly and disruptive projects that require having to dig up and re-cable every time technology evolves. A scalable, adaptable network saves future construction and labor costs, is more efficient, and does not disrupt the travel journey.
Passenger travel has been forecasted to double by 2037 to approximately 8.2 billion according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Meeting this growth will require a robust fiber network.
It might be easy to think of airport networks as the Wi-Fi you use while sitting at your gate, but an airport fiber network connects so much more. It encompasses all of the airline connectivity to its host DCS, airport building management systems, shared resource management systems, concessionaire needs, baggage handling systems, airport security, cargo applications, CONRAC facilities, to name a few. Add in passengers who are working from their phones or laptops, trying to stream an online meeting, and those who are web surfing, it is essential that airports are capable to support the high-speed broadband demand.