In preparation for the high throughput demands of 5G, wireless carriers are investing in low-latency fiber.
In fact, mobile operators will deploy more than 2.6 million outdoor small cells using fiber backhaul or fronthaul between 2018 and 2022, according to the recently published report, Backhaul/Fronthaul for Small Cells, by Mobile Experts.
While fiber may be "overkill" for an LTE small cell, it's required to meet the anticipated throughput demands of 5G upgrades, Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts, told UBB2020.
"5G will require high throughput," he said. "In our forecast, we're tracking the need for between 1 Gbit/s and 5 Gbit/s for a substantial number of small cells in the 2020 to 2022 timeframe. In addition, 5G requires low latency and fiber can provide lower latency than most wireless backhaul connections."
Even though the accelerated timeline for 5G means standards-based mobile 5G services won't get into some customers' hands until late 2018, deploying fiber is a time-consuming task that both wireless and wireline operators must begin sooner than later, Madden noted.
"In some cities, fiber becomes logistically difficult because of zoning issues or fragmented ownership of utility poles," he said. "Technically, fiber is almost always the best solution, but in the practical world there will be places where it's simply too difficult to get permission to install the fiber." (See Get 'Dig Once' Out of Its Rut)
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With $7 million in Series A financing from investors such as Intel Capital, startup GenXComm adds its name to the list of vendors offering alternatives to DOCSIS 3.1 in the full-duplex links for cable arena.
With the latest version of Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter, the Open Networking Foundation looks to bring operators' vision of one network for enterprise, residential and mobile customers closer to reality.
Growing bandwidth demand, competitive pressures, and ambitious political and regulatory goals promoting the Gigabit Society are forcing service providers to expedite their technology investments and place bets on the right technology choice. With a growing number of trials and start of commercial deployments, Gfast has emerged as the smart, pragmatic and future-proof solution to delivering on Gigabit Society goals.
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Latest in Gfast solution packaging accelerating Gigabit service coverage
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