Building Better Networks for the 5G Future

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

By Wayne Wooley, Senior Vice President of Construction, FiberLight

The widespread availability of 5G wireless connectivity is on the horizon, and it’s time for network providers to prepare their infrastructure to enable advanced wireless technologies. In fact, according to the recent GSMA Intelligence report “5G Era in the U.S.,” the country is expected to reach 100 million 5G connections by early 2023, a figure predicted to nearly double to 190 million by 2025. The implications of widespread 5G adoption will be seen throughout a variety of use cases, from fixed wireless and autonomous vehicles to bandwidth-intensive content delivery and smart city infrastructure advancements.

As end users require an increasing number of fiber end-points for backhaul small cell projects, robust and resilient core networks will be critical components supporting wireless technology deployments. Because we recognize this growing need, FiberLight is building out and enhancing its existing network infrastructure in anticipation of future demands.

FiberLight’s construction efforts reach far beyond simply moving dirt and digging holes. Additionally, the company employs cutting-edge technology and data to maximize connectivity while maintaining a high degree of cost-effectiveness. In particular, FiberLight uses 3-GIS mapping systems to capture real-time construction data from contractors in the field throughout all phases of construction. With this advanced application, its team of experts can quickly mitigate unforeseen challenges in an instant, bypassing the need for back-end approvals and ensuring all parties are on the same page when, inevitably, last-minute changes are required.

FiberLight is also expanding its network into new regions, splicing as much fiber as possible to establish new connectivity into Louisiana and enhancing coverage throughout Oklahoma. By engaging with large wireless carriers, FiberLight is building networks where they are needed most, bringing advanced network infrastructure into underserved regions to enhance rural broadband and cellular backhaul capabilities. These construction projects come at a major cost to the organization, requiring significant financial capital for materials and laborers. In order to keep these expenses in check, FiberLight sources reliable and cost-effective resources, sometimes in unexpected ways.

In Ashburn, Virginia, FiberLight is embarking in a network overbuild employing a somewhat unusual method of construction. With the approval of local and state government agencies, including the Virginia Department of Transportation, the company is utilizing existing major roadways to provide carriers with the ability to reach regions saturated with private data centers and colocation facilities as many companies like ours do. But by placing a conduit run in the median of these roadways – leveraging a previously unused route –  FiberLight can ensure our new fiber system is installed in a clear path away from obstructive underground infrastructure, ultimately enhancing capacity in a region currently experiencing a significant increase in demand for high-bandwidth interconnectivity.

Today, providers are no longer building capacity and hoping the demand will one day come. Rather, new technologies and trends such as 5G and IoT are creating an immediate demand for increased bandwidth virtually everywhere. Recognizing this need, FiberLight is answering the call by building expansive network infrastructure designed with fronthaul capabilities in mind which are ready to bring connectivity to underserved regions across the U.S.

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