Why Fibre for 5G?

Why fibre is needed for 5g deployment

Developments in technology and their application are the primary drivers for 5G, transforming our lives and stimulating economic growth. Here are some of the areas where 5G will play an essential part:

  • Internet of things (IOT)
  • Driverless cars
  • Robotics
  • Virtualisation
  • Virtual reality
  • 3d printing
  • Wearable internet
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Drones
  • Block chain
  • Augmented reality
  • Digital money
  • Big data
  • Machine to machine (M2M)


The growth of internet users, devices and data per consumer

Between 2016 and 2020, there will be a two-fold increase in internet users, a seven-fold increase in devices and a twenty-two fold increase in the amount of data used by every consumer.


Higher bandwidth and lower latency application demand

Certain applications demand higher bandwidth and lower latency that can only be delivered by 5G.

To deliver 5G and anticipated high traffic volumes, fibre is considered the best solution, and is the most efficient medium to support explosive data growth.

Mobile technology and required fibre deployment
Mobile technology 2G 3G 4G 5G
Fibre deployment Dense urbane and intercity Urban, suburban, and rural Between mobile towers and backhaul Small cells, FTTP and in-building


Global fibre demand is increasing

% of fibre connections in total broadband globallyGlobal fibre optic market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.49% during the period from 2016 to 2020.


How can fibre address 5G network densification challenge?

With such a growth in demand, preparation for 5G is essential. Find out more about network densification for 5G.