But what does that speed increase really mean and how is it being rolled out?
4G LTE vs. 5G speed increase
Fiber optic expansion will be a key factor in making 5G networks a reality. According to an article by ISE, fiber will provide the bandwidth, low latency and quality of service that will make 5G speeds possible. (2)
While the rollout of 4G and 4G LTE networks are nearly completed, many operators are now focused on two primary activities going forward into 2018: adding capacity to existing 4G LTE networks and preparing for 5G.
As the market stands today, 4G LTE averages user data rates in the range of 150-300 Mbps or up to 1 Gbps (Gigabytes per second). 5G will offer 10 Gbps. Channel bandwidth will also see a significant increase. Current 4G LTE and 4G LTE Advanced speeds average 20 MHz.
5G will provide up to 1,000 MHz!
(Image source: ISE)
5G Expansion Plans
For this expansion to continue, the FCC announced it had adopted two new wireline orders in November to begin streamlining infrastructure deployment for fiber and 5G.
These orders include removing "legacy barriers" for infrastructure deployment (enabling providers to hasten customers’ transition from legacy copper networks to faster and more reliable technologies, such as fiber) and eliminating time-consuming reviews without compromising properties (creating an opportunity for wireless attachments for 5G).
Telecom Construction Needs
As fiber and 5G network expansion continues heading into the new year, Fiber OSP Construction services will become increasingly valuable. As these networks expand, having access to turn-key fiber splicing and installation services will be key.
This includes construction services for outside plant focusing on residential, commercial, and governmental applications.
These specific fiber services include bulk fiber optics cable to support industrial, commercial, municipal, and governmental data centers, as well as fiber network design for industries like healthcare, education, pipelines, railroads, telecommunications, and banking.
Added fiber specialties include: long haul, fiber to the home, cell tower projects, small cell projects, emergency restoration, troubleshooting and audits. This includes ribbon and loose tube splicing, multi-mode or single-mode, underground/aerial placement and testing.
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