According to Lifewire, some estimates forecast that the world will reach 3.6 billion 5G connections by 2025, a number which is expected to grow to 4.5 billion by 2027. Given the shifting dynamics of the business world, it has accelerated the need for 5G and FTTH network convergence. Fiber networks are the only ones which can cope with the massive growth of bandwidth in the coming years.
So what is network convergence and why does it matter for 5G and FTTH endeavors?
Network convergence centralizes the management of infrastructure resources – consolidating numerous IT elements (i.e., servers, network infrastructures, and software) into an optimized package. It allows a business to use one network from one provider for all communication. Employing an FTTH network is a cost-effective response because it removes all the bottlenecks that slow the performance of other types of networks. As a result, it minimizes deployment costs while maximizing revenue opportunities. 5G network deployments will offer increased speeds and capacity but will also require a significant increase of the number of antennas and demand high-capacity transport networks. The economic benefits of network convergence were presented by Comsof’s CEO, Raf Meersman conducted by the FTTH Council Europe which you can access here.
Fiber optics are essential to 5G network connections and represent a unique opportunity which require an in depth understanding across construction, network architecture and operations. To achieve a successful and sustainable project, both the planning and design stages are crucial. By providing the necessary insights for an optimized and cost-efficient deployment, one can better build their 5G business case.
The benefits and opportunities of 5G are endless. The future is now…are you and your business ready?
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