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New York City has long since solidified its reputation as one of the globe’s most significant tech hubs, serving as an epicenter for innovation, a home to leading companies and far more. As 5G slowly rolls out and new applications and technologies are becoming increasingly incorporated, this dense metro market is making strides to prepare for the digital future that lies ahead. Although infrastructure deployment is steadily on the leading edge in this location, there is still a lot of ground to cover. 

To investigate these new deployments in this strategic hub, the 2019 NEDAS NYC Summit, an event focusing on discussion and education at the intersection of wireline and wireless, delivered a panel titled NYC Infrastructure Projects. The panel included a wide array of industry insiders that represent a range of industries, including fronthaul and backhaul fiber, data centers, and in-building and outdoor wireless. 

With the smart city, 5G and IoT (Internet of Things) evolution serving as one of the most promising facets of the future, one major concern is achieving adequate fiber densification to support the massive amounts of data that will be generated and used. ZenFi Networks, an innovative wholly-owned and operated communications infrastructure company focused on enabling fiber optic network, edge data centers and wireless siting solutions in the NY-NJ metro region, is tackling this challenge. While legacy networks were built to serve an outdated industry challenge, new networks ensure the of both capacity and accessibility to uniquely support the densification that is needed to empower 5G and other future applications in an already dense environment. 

Meanwhile, DataGryd, a leading data center provider in New York City, manages the swell in traffic by being strategically located at a critical aggregation point at 60 Hudson Street. One trend that the company is seeing is furnishing smaller parcels of space, but with much greater densities of power — up to 5-8MW. So, smaller points of presence that feed into the larger trend of shifting to a distributed edge system to get closer to the end user, bump up latency and more effectively move traffic. 

A lot of change and development is occurring in this urban hub. Whether it’s with fiber, in-building deployments, data center space or otherwise, New York City is keeping busy with rolling out adequate connectivity, thorough coverage and sufficient power to facilitate the applications and technologies that will redefine our collective future. 

To listen to a more in-depth discussion of this topic and learn more about other ongoing projects, please click here to view the entire panel session. 

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