Network Operators Need to do More to Prepare for 5G Rollouts

ProLabs is warning that network operators need to do more to be ready for 5G.

Network Operators Need to do More to Prepare for 5G Rollouts
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The market is increasingly moving toward 5G, which brings higher speed and greater capacity to users and more complexity to the network operators.

In order to be ready for 5G, ProLabs, the UK-based provider of optical network infrastructure, is calling on network operators to invest in the development of their networks to make sure they can handle an increase in capacity.  

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Network operators need to do more to prepare for 5G

“5G will catapult mobile to become a ‘general purpose technology’, equal with electricity and automation," said Anthony Clarkson, technical director at ProLabs in a press release. "This will have a transformational impact on the economy and many industries and operators need to be ready for the surge in business demand and revenue opportunities that will follow." 

According to the ProLabs executive, network operators need to act now to ensure they are ready for the 5G deployment given 5G will require more bandwidth per cell. Clarkson said an increase in speed from 10G to 25G will be "critical" to support the additional bandwidth necessary for 5G services. “Unfortunately, simply installing a SFP28 transceiver into a Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) switch port does not simply upgrade a port to 25G. Edge devices must also be upgraded to support 25G,” Clarkson said. 

Citizens take to the streets in protest over 5G

At the same time that ProLabs is calling for network operators to prepare for 5G, groups are busy protesting the rollout. In late September thousands of people in Switerzland took to the streets to protest the rollout of 5G networks, arguing it poses considerable risks to their health. According to media reports at the time, the protestors called for a moratorium on the build-out of 5G networks and for the creation of zones that would be free of radiation that could be emitted from these 5G networks. 

Meanwhile, late last year officials in Marin County, California, challenged the Federal Communications Commission's order which is designed to speed up implementation of 5G wireless service. The officials argued the order by the FCC takes away their right to regulate the safety and aesthetic aspects of installing new antennas necessary for 5G. This past summer it said it created a subcommittee to ensure the county retains "maximum regulatory control over new wireless telecommunications facilities, such as 5G, within the limits of federal law." 

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