5G is being lauded as the next big innovation that will transform the broadband marketplace overnight, solve all our mobile bandwidth woes, and drive the coming Internet of Things (IOT) revolution. All this excitement has also resulted in some serious misconceptions — namely, that 5G will replace the need for fiber-optic broadband networks. Far from being replaced by new 5G wireless technology, fiber networks are the critical underpinning that will power 5G and other wireless technologies.

What is 5G?

5G stands for fifth-generation cellular wireless: new, better mobile internet that will one day replace the standards for current 4th generation mobile networks. 5G standards have not yet been codified, but the technology is expected to be a game-changer due to vastly reduced data transfer delays (instantaneous machine to machine communication), and the capacity to transfer enormous quantities of data back and forth. …

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