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)
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
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