Track 1: Access Network Advances

Density – The Challenges for Tomorrow’s Networks

September 26, 2019 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

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John George



The pace of change in the communications world continues to increase. Starting over 30 years ago, the first wave of fiber deployments built long-distance fiber networks across the country. Successive waves of fiber network extensions continue to bring fiber to homes, businesses, and 4G wireless sites. The next wave will continue the trend of merging wired and wireless networks together in preparation for 5G wireless and beyond, and will require fiber to be even more ubiquitous, potentially to small cell sites no more than a football field apart. In order to prepare for these networks, new fibers, cables, and components are being developed today to prepare for these networks. An overarching theme of these networks is they will require significant amounts of fiber in smaller spaces in order to deliver the massive amounts of bandwidth to power tomorrow’s networks. This presentation will survey today’s and tomorrow’s communications trends and translate these trends into real-world network solutions, highlighting new fiber-based tools that will ultimately be used to build these networks.