Want a Smart City? Build a Fiber Backbone
Fiber Broadband Association, , 5/31/2019
I recently re-watched The Hunger Games -- call it a dystopian guilty pleasure -- and as Katniss Everdeen rode into the high-tech Capitol on a bullet train, I couldn't help but think to myself, "This city must have a lot of fiber."
Call me a geek if you want, but the capital of Panem is absolutely a smart city -- the holograms in the Hunger Games control room alone would require extremely high throughput. And Smart Cities like Panem need smart, reliable infrastructure that only all-fiber networks can provide.
There is also a strong correlation between fiber deployment and small cell activity -- an essential piece of 5G deployment. Urban areas with fiber have, on average, 37% more deployed small cells and just over 35% more smart city applications than those without it, according to a 2018 study from RVA, LLC. By the same token, 33% of cities without fiber report small cell activity, versus 60% of cities with fiber to the residence. This relationship indicates that cities interested in next-generation connectivity are looking to fiber as a solution.
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Be it a city in Central Florida or a dystopian city in Panem, smart cities need smart infrastructure. Today, any metropolis planning to pilot smart city initiatives should include a fiber broadband plan. It's simply the only way to ensure a successful launch of a next-generation city.
— Lisa R. Youngers is President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA), the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas. Follow them on Twitter @fiberbroadband.
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