Sharon White...where is the fibre backhaul for 5G? The necessary fibre required to feed 5G cells?
Sharon White...where is the fibre backhaul for 5G? The necessary fibre infrastructure in place to feed 5G cells?
Let's face it there just isn't the fibre backhaul capacity at the moment whatever Ofcom says regards 5G, it's pretty much non-existent in remote areas, to feed all these so-called 5G streetlamp cells offering downloads of 100Mpbs+.
You need far more cells for 5G, more densely populated and the whole point of 5G is the handoff, control of the 5G carrier signal is done in the Cloud, using a high-speed fibre backhaul, in order the simplify the hardware (and cost) of what are in effect, streetlight cells, to get that level of blanket coverage.
The hype surrounding 5G (and I'm all for it) just doesn't match the practical realities of the UK Network we have in place a the moment to provide the backhaul, and without more rollout of FTTP in the local loop by Openreach, it won't happen, because the backhaul can't be provided cheaply commercially off the back of extended rollout of FTTP into the local loop. 2% of UK Homes have fixed line FTTP, that says it all.