Fiber-optic is Important for 5G, but Operators Will Need a Range of Options

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By Jake Saunders | 3Q 2018 | IN-5255


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Momentum behind 5G is building. Through ABI Research’s own analysis, 48 countries have either carried out consultations or have taken steps to auction spectrum and licenses for 5G services. Korea, Japan, and the United States probably have the most extensive 5G commercial deployment plans in place, but what is particularly remarkable is the spread of countries across the globe that have committed to 5G commercial deployment by 2020.

5G offers an unprecedented leap in bandwidth speeds compared to the previous generation. This is made possible by using high-band frequency spectrum, as well as key antenna technologies, such as massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO). Bands in three spectrum ranges will be needed for 5G: Sub-1 Gigahertz (GHz), 1 GHz to 6 GHz, and above 6 GHz. Crucial 5G spectrum bands above 24 GHz will be agreed upon at the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19); this includes 26 GHz and 40 GHz, which already have significant international support for 5G access. Outside of the WRC process, the 2…

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