What is 5G?
The fifth generation of mobile networks (5G) , alongside full-fiber networks is quickly becoming the most advanced technology ever made available for data transmission.
5G won’t just allow us to surf the internet quickly from smartphones and tablets. It will create a network that “every thing” is connected to (Internet of Things).
With a very high data transmission speed and very low latency, 5G will greatly improve the interconnection between billions of people and devices.
This revolution will be made possible by a dense distribution of 5G mobile sites (microcells), connected with a network entirely in optical fiber, like the one Open Fiber is developing in Italy. The integration of new fiber-5G networks will radically influence the growth and development of various sectors, which will finally be able to use the potential of the digital transformation to the fullest, offering services that were once unthinkable to people and companies.
From the smart home, with interconnected smart appliances, to the automotive industry, the field that will give us the most surprising applications with “self-driving cars”, as well as telemedicine, with the interconnection of healthcare structures that will enable the remote monitoring of patients, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the healthcare system.
In the field of city security, the combined use of cameras, smart wearable technologies and drones, will allow for the transmission of high resolution images in real time, to guarantee safe and reliable communications, with the possibility of managing emergency services.
Then, there’s augmented reality in tourism, optimised energy consumption management, aimed at reducing waste and blackouts, and applications in Industry 4.0, such as the integration of robots into factories, the automation of production and the full digitalization of corporate processes.
These are just some examples of the sectors that will be most influenced by mobile ultra broadband, which will undoubtedly represent one of the main drivers of economy and innovation in the near future, toward the achievement of a Gigabit society.
Fiber Optics and 5G
5G technology performance requires an interconnected network ofhigh-performance mobile sites for this technological evolution. Only widespread infrastructure entirely in optical fiber can adequately meet these needs, ensuring speeds not in megabits but in gigabits a second.
Mixed fiber-copper networks are not enough and would act as a bottleneck for the 5G network.
Open Fiber plays a fundamental role in the development of this ecosystem.
The spread of 5G will be supported by Open Fiber’s optical fiber network throughout the country: 271 cities on the A&B cluster and more than 7,700 towns on the C&D cluster. It will be the true enabler of 5G development in Italy.
Basically, optical fiber can exist without 5G, but 5G cannot exist without optical fiber.