THE NEED FOR FIBER INFRASTRUCTURE
Fifth generation mobile networks (5G) are now poised for field testing and launch worldwide. The technology unlocks unprecedented potential to build seamless digital ecosystems, reshaping the way citizens live, work, and interact.
However, increased speed and capacity from 5G will rely on higher frequencies and network densification (more fiber). To meet future broadband needs, the United States needs an estimated $130–$150 billion of fiber infrastructure investment. The three broad categories of fiber deployment are;
fiber for wireless densification, fiber to increase consumer and business broadband competition and fiber to serve rural/ underserved geographies
WHO OWNS YOUR INTERNET?
Dominated by a big cable and telcos
These top broadband providers now account for about 100.6 million subscribers (total 110M)
● Cable companies having 67.1 million broadband subscribers
● Telephone companies having 33.5 million subscribers.
5G ROLLOUT STRATEGY
Verizon’s 5G rollout plan is to sell a fixed in-home 5G-based service first and launch a mobile 5G service sometime thereafter. Verizon teamed up with Ericsson to use its commercial 5G Radio System
T-Mobile is focusing on nationwide 5G coverage using long-range LTE Band 71 and two other short-range mmWave bands first, followed by an in-home service at a later date
AT&T’s Mobile 5G service is now available in 10 US cities and followed by the launch of a fixed 5G wireless broadband service for home use and the enterprise in U.S
DISH is 4th wireless provider. They are required to migrate Sprint sites to DISH sites in 2 - 5 year timeframe or they pay $2.2B penalty.