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Why Are Fiber Optic Networks Preferred in 5G?

A 2017 survey of 5G operators published by the telecom industry pointed to the importance of fiber for the backhaul of 5G networks. The same survey reported that by 2020, many companies will adopt 5G, and the demand for fiber in such networks will increase. The following reasons confirm the growing demand for fiber optics in 5G.




Increasing focus on data transfer: 5G supports many modern technologies such as IoT, Big Data and 400G. All of these technologies generate massive amounts of data and rely on real-time data collection and transmission. Today, most businesses rely on these technologies to make business decisions. Therefore, fast data transfer requires high bandwidth and low latency. Fiber optic cables easily meet these requirements.



High radio frequencies: 5G requires high frequencies to handle large amounts of data. These high frequencies can be used for short range. However, to support multi-gigabit data transmission, these networks require several small base stations covering a small area. These cells redistribute signals through the air or directly over a wide area. Cells extract these signals from cellular carriers. Depending on the application, the size of these cells can be classified as small cells, Cloud RAN (CRAN), Distributed Antenna System (DAN), Enterprise Radio Access Network (RAN), and femato cells. Fiber supports high frequencies and can handle large amounts of data while ensuring scalability and security.



High Network Availability: As businesses go digital, high-speed network availability is now a must. Today, people and businesses use a plethora of devices. Some of these devices are operated by humans, while others operate in autonomous mode. These devices are connected to the network and operate independently. By using fiber in the network, businesses can take advantage of capacity levels and increase the bandwidth guaranteed by 5G.



Today, there are more than five billion kilometers of fiber cable installed around the globe, and Premier Cable continues to lead the fiber optic cable industry in product quality and innovation.


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