Wireline operators, wireless telcos and cable MSOs are all looking to create future-enabled, 5G-ready networks they can use today. But every anticipated 5G capability creates new complexity that service providers must address.
Carriers' newly designed or upgraded infrastructures must address everything today's gigabit-hungry, always-on society demands. Fiber is one solution, which many operators use for 5G-densification. They're using fiber to support backhaul and front-haul needs. And they're addressing 5G's use of new Radio Access Network (RAN) architecture with 10x to 100x small cells or microcells for densification.
But heavily populated urban areas full of multi-dwelling units (MDUs) are not necessarily fiber-friendly environments. Carriers must slog for two years to get the local permits necessary for small cell deployments, navigate historical building requirements that mean service providers cannot easily disturb walls for cabling, and deal with absentee landlords unwilling to allow fiber to every apartment. These obstacles to FTTx can challenge even the most devout. (See Radio: ADTRAN Exec on Tooling Up for MDUs.)
Even the advent of smart cities have not yet necessarily translated into simpler, faster fiber rollouts for MDUs. But alternate technologies are available to service providers today, said Hossam Salib, director of Portfolio Management Access & Aggregation at ADTRAN. These include innovative fixed wireless access (FWA) solutions that empower rapid deployment of reliable, high-capacity, low-latency networks in these dense, urban environments and that support 5G backhaul and enhanced broadband services.
Salib will provide an overview of 5G RAN architecture and outline technology advancements in sub-6GHz and mmWave fixed wireless solutions on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT/5:00 p.m. UK). During the webinar "Winning the 5G Race: Can Fixed Wireless Be the X Factor," Salib also will discuss innovative fixed wireless technologies that empower rapid urban deployment of reliable, high-capacity, low-latency networks that support 5G backhaul and enhanced broadband services.
In the webinar, hosted by Broadband World News' Editor Alison Diana, Salib will share how innovations in both fixed access and fixed wireless technologies, when combined with software-defined access (SD-Access) architectures, let mobile carriers focus less on 5G network challenges so they can focus more on delivering on the promise of a smart, connected world.
Salib, who is involved in many aspects of ADTRAN product development and innovation, will also respond to questions after his presentation. Mark your calendar now and head here to register: "Winning the 5G Race: Can Fixed Wireless Be the X Factor" at 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT/5:00 p.m. UK) on Thursday, Sept. 6, live on Broadband World News. See you tomorrow!
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News. Follow us on Twitter or @alisoncdiana.