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The 5G Challenge

Consumer use of mobile data is growing exponentially, and is expected to increase by 10 times during the next five years. This rapid increase of data use and connected units is challenging the world’s mobile data networks to their limits. Technologies used for 2G, 3G, 4G will not be enough. To increase the data capacity further, the network providers will need to increase the number of base stations and increase the operating frequency.

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Wireless radio link vs optical fiber cable

Data transfer in the mobile backhaul networks can be done in two ways – wireless using Point-to-Point radio communication or wired through optical fiber cables and copper wires. Today, approximately 50% of all cellular base stations are connected using wireless links. This blog post makes a comparison between wireless and wired.
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The growth of mobile data drives the need for higher data throughput and densified mobile networks

The number of connected smart phones and tablets is increasing rapidly and the mobile data is expected to grow up to 10 times in the next five year period. This means that operators need to densify the mobile networks and increase the capacity of the mobile networks. As a result, millions of base stations will be deployed closer to the end users.
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