5G is certainly the talk of the telecom world at the moment. Major carriers like Verizon have already announced publicly that they are going to "double down" on fiber broadband to help with 5G network deployment in the coming year.
We covered recently how fiber installations are growing so quickly in 2018 that many companies are starting to become worried about their ability to keep up with the needs for fiber, with 5G deployment being the majority of the focus of these installations.
As news continues to come out weekly about 5G, we've narrowed down three reasons why 5G deployment is growing in 2018.
1. Verizon focusing strictly on 5G delivery
Verizon announced this week that they were bowing out of the battle for content and instead focusing strictly on 5G network deployment, describing it as the company's "path to success." (1) In addition, Houston was announced as another market where 5G residential broadband service would become available later this year, joining Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Verizon is promising speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second for broadband, in what they describe as "fixed wireless." 5G service for smartphones, tablets and other net-connected devices isn't expected to fully roll out until 2019.
Kyle Malady, SVP and Chief Network Officer of Wireline for Verizon, stated recently that 5G "leads to a whole new architecture" and one that will require a massive bandwidth, deep fiber and flex access involving small cell deployment in urban applications.
2. Qualcomm launching module to make 5G deployment easier
As major companies like Verizon continue the investment in 5G, Qualcomm announced recently that they will be launching the first-ever 5G NR mmWave module that can be used by manufacturers in smartphones, tablets and other technology. (2)
If you are unfamiliar with mmWave, it is an antenna technology that helps support fast data speeds, making it perfect for 5G. Until the recent announcement, it wasn't being actively used with mobile dives due to "technical and design challenges."
mmWave technology will be crucial for 5G deployment in urban and crowded indoor areas.
3. Splicing crews working on network deployment nationwide
As companies like Verizon begin investing in fiber for the future, having capable splicing crews available to work on network deployment is becoming increasingly more important as the rest of 2018 progresses.
Our team is currently in the field working on a 5G network deployment project involving ribbon splicing (ribbon cables are higher fiber counts and allow for faster splicing with mass fusion splicers).
Let us know how we can help you with your 5G deployment projects. We have splicing crews ready and available nationwide!