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MAR-APR 2017

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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MARCH/APRIL 2017 | www.broadbandcommunities.com | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 71 is upstream half of their service is becoming increasingly important to residential users. ere is a discernible pleasure in seeing thousands of photos uploaded in a matter of seconds, and evidence suggests that the more upstream speed that is available, the more it is used. In Asia – where many operators offer high upstream bitrates – significantly more upstream bandwidth is used. e ratio of upstream to downstream usage in Asia is 1:3, compared with 1:20 in Europe. As residential need for upstream service increases and becomes more comparable to what has been offered to business customers, operators will find themselves in the advantageous position of being able to converge these two types of network into a single NG-PON, leading to cost savings and faster return on investment. ADAPTING TO CHANGING TIMES Bear in mind that NG-PON is not just a pipe dream or something being tested and trialed. Nokia currently has eight real-world deployments already showing its value. e city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is an example not only of the deployment of NG-PON but also of the positive impact it can have on end users. Delivering 10 Gbps service in an era in which U.S. broadband connections are hundreds of times slower, on average, has positioned the city as a leading light for innovation. Local companies are delivering new services for their community in tourism, business and security, carrying on the resurgence the city experienced in 2010 when it became the first to build a communitywide fiber optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds. e speed and nature of network evolution has to take a wide range of factors into account, and it is important to recognize the role of mobile networks in the overall equation. As 5G moves closer to reality, the question often asked is whether a new generation of fixed fiber networks is really needed if mobile connections can provide fast speeds everywhere. e truth, however, is the polar opposite. With the capacity demands that 5G will bring, there will be more need for fixed fiber networks than ever before. 5G will rely on 10 times more small cells than today to ensure ubiquitous connectivity, and the best way to backhaul that traffic is to use the fiber networks being deployed at the moment. In short, fiber's cost- effective low latency and high capacity capabilities mean it will play an essential role in the 5G era. A universal, holistic approach is the most effective way to ensure that the networks of the future work for everyone. For operators, fiber needs to provide long-term value and deliver the kind of services their customers want at prices that work for them and the customers. In turn, those customers rely on network operators to provide the always-on connectivity that is now an essential part of everyday life. As fixed and wireless offerings converge, the role of fiber is increasingly important, and the evolution of NG-PON will be crucial to its success. v Ana Pesovic is the marketing manager for fiber solutions at Nokia. Contact her at Ana.pesovic@nokia.com. 877-588-1649 | www.bbcmag.com Economic Development Conference Series Atlanta, GA October 2017 GET READY Evidence suggests that the higher upstream speed that is available, the more data consumers upload.

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