As the need for increased Internet speed and capacity rises, the United States is poised for an increased investment fiber infrastructure over the next five years. Investment in fiber deep – that is, access-network ber that edges closer to the residential or business customer – holds the potential to stimulate economic productivity and set the stage for the forthcoming fifth-generation (5G) mobile network’s array of new applications.
The 5G world will be characterized by a far denser grid, composed of small cells and hot spots in high-frequency bands, and coverage will be measured in yards instead of miles. In essence, future connectivity will require a massive infusion of ber deep into networks to provide a foundation for the inevitable explosion of mobile data traffic around 2020.
Fiber-deep deployment can also expand broadband service across urban, suburban, and rural areas, bolstering the national infrastructure by bringing affordable high-speed connectivity to customers no matter where they live.
The full paper is under the TECHNOLOGY tab. While it focuses on the technology provided by Corning Glass, it examines the challenge that communities face in installing 5G fiber networks. It introduces policy makes to currently available technology to address increasing network complexity.