Wireline operators, wireless telcos and cable MSOs are all looking to create future-enabled, 5G-ready networks they can use today. But every anticipated 5G capability creates new complexity that service providers must address.
Carriers' newly designed or upgraded infrastructures must address everything today's gigabit-hungry, always-on society demands. Fiber is one solution, which many operators use for 5G-densification. They're using fiber to support backhaul and front-haul needs. And they're addressing 5G's use of new Radio Access Network (RAN) architecture with 10x to 100x small cells or microcells for densification.
But heavily populated urban areas full of multi-dwelling units (MDUs) are not necessarily fiber-friendly environments. Carriers must slog for two years to get the local permits necessary for small cell deployments, navigate historical building requirements that mean service providers cannot easily disturb walls for cabling, and deal with absentee landlords unwilling to allow fiber to every apartment. These obstacles to FTTx can challenge even the most devout. (See Radio: ADTRAN Exec on Tooling Up for MDUs.)
Even the advent of smart cities have not yet necessarily translated into simpler, faster fiber rollouts for MDUs. But alternate technologies are available to service providers today, said Hossam Salib, director of Portfolio Management Access & Aggregation at ADTRAN. These include innovative fixed wireless access (FWA) solutions that empower rapid deployment of reliable, high-capacity, low-latency networks in these dense, urban environments and that support 5G backhaul and enhanced broadband services.
Salib will provide an overview of 5G RAN architecture and outline technology advancements in sub-6GHz and mmWave fixed wireless solutions on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT/5:00 p.m. UK). During the webinar "Winning the 5G Race: Can Fixed Wireless Be the X Factor," Salib also will discuss innovative fixed wireless technologies that empower rapid urban deployment of reliable, high-capacity, low-latency networks that support 5G backhaul and enhanced broadband services.
In the webinar, hosted by Broadband World News' Editor Alison Diana, Salib will share how innovations in both fixed access and fixed wireless technologies, when combined with software-defined access (SD-Access) architectures, let mobile carriers focus less on 5G network challenges so they can focus more on delivering on the promise of a smart, connected world.
Salib, who is involved in many aspects of ADTRAN product development and innovation, will also respond to questions after his presentation. Mark your calendar now and head here to register: "Winning the 5G Race: Can Fixed Wireless Be the X Factor" at 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT/5:00 p.m. UK) on Thursday, Sept. 6, live on Broadband World News. See you tomorrow!
Kirsten Rundberget, open strategy lead at Fujitsu Network, discusses the industry's advances — and challenges — in the complex yet beneficial area of open technologies, and why service providers should get involved, even if they don't yet plan to deploy.
Dusty Johnson, VP of consulting at Vantage Point in South Dakota, will soon head to DC as the state's sole member of the House of Representatives, bringing with him knowledge of the digital divide, rural America and broadband.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!
Fast, reliable broadband is essential to how we live, work and play today – and the upcoming arrival of 5G will only further increase demand and reliance on fiber infrastructure. Already viewed by consumers as intolerable, delays, outages or the regular maintenance difficulties associated with operating a network will become further exacerbated when residential subscribers further rely on connected devices for day-to-day life. Just as providers deploy network automation tools to reduce operational issues, they must take similar care to manage consumer expectations when they roll out fiber or new services. This webinar features leaders who will discuss how to manage marketing and consumer expectations at every stage of the network lifecycle. Marketing professionals, c-level executives and policymakers interested in drumming up fiber envy should attend.