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.
July 25, 2018
July 18, 2018
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).
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.
December 14, 2017
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.
December 04, 2017
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.