Looking ahead at fiber optic network and 5G network expansions

December 04, 2017

fiber optic network, 5g

As we approach the final weeks of 2017, it was not uncommon to have your timeline filled with references to fiber optic network and 5G expansion in the last year.

We've visited many examples of this growing industry. This includes fiber optic expansion investments in the range of $5 billion by 2021 as demand for streaming video increases or the deployment of new 5G networks to increase speeds by nearly 200 times of that available on current 4G LTE networks (1).

T-Mobile also announced recently they were planning to use a "portion of its $8 billion mother lode of low-band 600 MHz spectrum to deliver 5G coverage from coast to coast." (2)

Verizon has been among the most aggressive with plans for deployment of dark fiber (unlit fiber optics) and 5G by 2020.

Here is a breakdown of what is coming.

FCC clears roadblocks for investment in fiber and 5G

Verizon announced in November that the FCC has adopted two orders in what will be the first steps to streamine infrastructure deployment for both fiber and 5G. (3)

1. The wireline order removes legacy barriers to infrastructure deployment, enabling providers to hasten customers’ transition from legacy copper networks to faster and more reliable technologies, such as fiber.

2. The wireless order will eliminate time-consuming and expensive reviews of some replacement poles without compromising the protection of historic properties, thus facilitating the wireless attachments that are essential for 5G networks.



Planned 5G expansion in the coming years

Verizon is also currently testing 5G residential broadband services in up to five markets in 2018. These will be unique services deploying radio signals instead of traditional copper or fiber cables, providing customers with access to "unprecedented wireless speeds for Internet access." (4)

You can check out a video clip of this planned deployment below. 



Fiber Optic Network Construction

With the expansion of networks and as preparations for 5G continue, 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.

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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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(1) Verizon to Commercially Deploy 5G Fixed Wireless in 2018
(2) T-Mobile Announces Plans for Real Nationwide Mobile 5G
(3) FCC clears the roadblocks to greater investment in fiber and 5G
(4) Verizon to launch 5G residential broadband services in up to 5 markets in 2018