If you look around the telecom landscape, you can see that fiber has already established a strong foothold. The U.S. long-haul fiber optic system has made an impressive input, so much so that the internet, regardless of where you’re connecting, is at some point tied to the long-haul system. The biggest companies, such as AT&T and Verizon, have staked their claim through large parts of the existing fiber infrastructure. As we move to the future, fiber will increasingly play a part in boosting wireless network efficiency. Let’s take a look at why:
The Need for Speed
Speed is a big reason for the move to fiber. For example, Google Fiber clocks speeds of more than 350 megabits per second, compared to non-fiber solutions that max out at 49 megabits per second.
Given the sheer number of smartphones and tablets in the market, there is much more data moving over networks today than there was even a year ago. Fiber is a good match for this growing amount of data. With fixed line fiber solutions, according to a report from Strategy&, a telecom consulting organization, the cost to install fiber over the next decade is expected to become more affordable, perhaps by as much as 90 percent.
5G Demands Fiber
Wireless network connectivity continues to evolve, and 5G is increasingly at the center of the discussion. However, despite the wireless nature of this connectivity, it still relies on fiber networks with an underground infrastructure.
For 5G to perform as advertised, it will demand fiber availability. Instead of using the copper-based circuits found in 2G and 3G mobile networks, the fiber 5G network will offer 1,000 times increased bandwidth per unit area, 100 times more connected devices, and as much as 10 gigabytes per second connection rates.
A Nod Toward Non-Fiber?
Indeed, there are those out there who see the cost for improved infrastructure in a fiber environment and look toward an alternative solution. Millimeter wave technology is one of them, and it could prove faster and less expensive to support. However, it, too, has its challenges. For example, how far will the wireless signal transmit? It’s currently believed that the base stations that transmit signals to one another can be no farther than one mile apart, which could be an issue.
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