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The Name is G…6G

July 09, 2021

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As 5G rollouts slowly but surely happen across the country, headlines have started talking about 6G. But with what we know about the power and capabilities of the advanced technology that is 5G, and how long it is taking to roll out, how is 6G already here? Read below to learn about what 6G is, when it will arrive, and what impacts it will bring!

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Iowa Feels the Need… The Need for Speed

May 07, 2021

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new bill into law on April 28th, 2021 that addresses the poor status of the state’s broadband infrastructure. This new legislation was unanimously passed in both the Iowa House and Senate with support from both Democrats and Republicans and will provide statewide funding for broadband internet expansion.

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$60 Billion for Fiber Expansion... Yeah, Baby, Yeah!

April 02, 2021

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It is no secret that all focus in the telecom industry is on fiber expansion. There have been many programs aimed at funding broadband expansion put out in the last year. And while that is no surprise due to the global health crisis pealing back the curtain to reveal just how wide and deep the digital divide is, there seems to be no slowing of funding and focus being put towards fiber optic expansion

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Are You Telling Me You Built FRCP?

January 28, 2021

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BDC Group has designed and engineered a high-grade steel platform which we call the Fiber Regen Cabinet Platform (FRCP) that is a compact solution with a smaller footprint than standard telecom site solutions. The FRCP was created as a cost-effective solution for customers who require fiber regeneration options without having to spend dollars on larger, more complex units. These units are manufactured, outfitted, and fully tested in house to ensure each unit meets our high-quality standards and regulations.

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3 reasons why 5G deployment is seeing major growth in 2018

July 25, 2018


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.

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5G network deployment driving fiber installation in 2018

July 18, 2018

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You might have started to read more about 5G coming to different cities in 2018. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have all set aggressive deadlines for rollouts this year, with Verizon setting a goal for the end of 2018 (1).

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5G is on the way and what you can expect when it's available

March 08, 2018


Last year we explored the emergence of 5G coming in the new year.  This included some of the roadblocks cleared by the FCC to open the door to infrastructure deployment and just how fast speeds will really be.

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Accomplishing 5G network expansion with telecom construction

December 14, 2017

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Last week we explored the deployment of new 5G networks to increase speeds "nearly 200 times of that available on current 4G LTE networks" according to statements by Verizon (one of the leaders in 5G expansion). (1)

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.

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Looking ahead at fiber optic network and 5G network expansions

December 04, 2017

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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.

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