The Future of Connectivity has Begun
4 July 2019
In this ever-changing world where data is being transferred everywhere at any time, all the markets Rakon serves point to an increasing demand for timing and frequency control solutions. The enabling of new applications will bring together a wirelessly connected world of everything.
Applications continue to follow the demand of the end user, but are limited to the bandwidth that exists. As data infrastructure evolves and is rolled out, new applications are enabled, such as virtual reality and autonomous vehicles; applications which will radically enhance and change the way we live.
In the telecommunications market, mobile networks and technology have been evolving through 2G, 3G and 4G, with the transition to 5G happening now. The roadmap to full 5G deployment is staggered.
The initial phase uses existing infrastructure with new 5G radios (4.5G and 5GNR) to immediately boost the mobile network customer experience. This is complemented by software defined networks, where digital systems are used to coordinate and improve the radio network. In later phases, deployments of new dedicated 5G radio equipment (5G standalone) will take place, paving the way for a fully upgraded 5G network. Full 5G deployment will enable much faster speeds than 4G, and much wider bandwidth, enabling massive connectivity, better reliability and spectrum efficiency. In the space and defence market, the need for data everywhere increases the need for satellite constellations for communications and Earth observation.
In the global positioning market, GNSS and communication requirements are becoming ubiquitous for precision farming, recreation devices and emergency locator beacons.
At the core of Rakon’s markets is the need to send, receive or transfer data as quickly and accurately as possible. Whatever the application may be, within every node, within every network, a stable and reliable timing and frequency reference is required for the successful transfer of data. Rakon solutions provide this timing, enabling the connectivity for today’s applications as well as the technological possibilities of the future.
This article was first published in Rakon's Annual Review Document in June 2019.
Rakon is a global high technology company and a world leader in its field. The company designs and manufactures advanced frequency control and timing solutions. Its three core markets are Telecommunications, Global Positioning and Space & Defence.
Rakon products help set the frequency that all communications transmit and receive on. They also hold time and provide a stable timing reference for electronic equipment around the globe. This enables synchronised time globally, and the efficient and reliable transfer of data at ever-increasing precision and speed. Rakon has six manufacturing plants, including two joint venture plants, and has six research and development centres. Customer support personnel are located in fifteen offices worldwide.