By Steve Stark April 15, 2021
Gartner Research reported that 66% of organizations plan to deploy 5G by 2020 and 80% of mobile traffic occurs inside of buildings. So faster speeds and lower latency are expected from 5G deployment. This mean that 5G Fiber-To-The-Home (FITH) and Office (FITO) for indoors usage will enable machine-to-machine learning, IoT efficiencies and drive mobile “first” initiatives that supports the buildout of these technologies. Therefore, the Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)for Fiber Solutions is growing exponentially from these needs for 5G deployment. Several vertical markets are developing solutions from Pro AV, DAS and broadband that meet the growing needs for consumer and commercial integration of these technologies.
By solving the fiber challenges now, service providers will be able to maintain a high quality of service for their 5G networks and support the fiber optic backbone. However, many of these buildings have antiquated pathways and conduits. Architects had not foreseen the infrastructural needs for larger pathways and not planned in the original designs that have been generated from the tremendous need for data communications.
Deploying 5G fiber has many challenges that include permits, new constructions, and overcoming and labor costs. Once the 5G fiber is deployed, fiber cables will need to be terminated in order to provide the 5G services. Deployment and termination of 5G fibers in the network present many challenges that must be addressed from highly innovative manufacturing engineering services.
In 2020 and beyond, broadband carriers have the task of 5G rollout nationwide for these fiber-rich projects targeting deployment of fiber to the home (FTTH) throughout the U.S. marketplace
FTTH involves pushing large numbers of fibers out to neighborhoods for faster, more reliable home broadband service. In recent years, we have observed some economic factors in the FTTH industry that are likely to carry over into 5G fiber deployments. These factors are intensifying just as the wireless industry is embarking on one of the largest fiber buildouts in history. Factors include the following
Fewer technicians and contractors
Demand for quicker deployment of the projects
Increased labor costs and lower project budgets
According to an industry-wide survey from, The Association of General Contractors of America stated, “70% of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce.”
Fusion splicing and termination normally require excellent accuracy for fiber splicing. Currently, there is a small group of technicians with the unique splicing skillsets as well as willing to work non-traditional hours to meet the needs of the growing market.
FTTH typically uses a single fiber to feed each home. In most 5G applications, two fibers will be required per radio and in many cases, these will use the LC-type connector.
These connectors should of the highest quality such as Telcordia GR-326 standards to assure the performance meet harsh outside plant (OSP) environment or otherwise these cables may fail under those extreme conditions that will lead to major outages.
Point 2 Point Engineering
Point 2 Point is an engineering company that has deployed fiber optics and fiber termination to the market for over 30 years. Point 2 Point is dedicated to providing a 360 solution. This includes the very best in armored fiber technologies and glass to minimize insertion loss that meets the requirements for non-interrupted communication links. We understand these critical factors for this growing market segment:
As 5G deployments continue, the demand for new, innovative ways of placing, installing, and repairing fiber increases. Solutions like the P2P nanoFIBER Armored Fiber Optic Cables and with “PUSHABLE” Nano Armor Fiber allow installations to take place that was previously considered unreachable. Using the smallest diameter armored fiber cables acts as a duct and can radically cut deployment costs by using this narrow nano armored fiber cable that is no thicker than a conventional fiber patch cable.
The nanoFIBER Armored Fiber Optic Solution is a popular fiber placement method used in metro applications—especially in congested areas. One of the biggest 5G challenges is permitting, especially in metro areas. The nanoFIBER Armored Fiber Optic Cables solutions are designed for antiquated pathways and can help ease placement costs.
The newly released 2020 AI-9 Smart Fiber Optic Fusion Splicer demonstrates a new generation of splicer. Latest enhancements like Bluetooth control with Cloud Based storage for real time results and an App operating system make this a true Smart Splicer. Industrial grade hardware like the quad-core CPU and 6 high-speed motors with auto focus make 5 second core alignment splicing and 15 second heating possible making the AI-9 one of the fastest fiber splicing machines in the world. The color 5-inch 800X480 high-resolution screen with adjustable glare control, intuitive software flow of operations and up to 300 times focus magnification, make the splicing process quick, easy and fear free. Ergonomic innovations like the built-in stool and the bright LED light help in the field when really needed. The durable toolbox has storage for the unit and all needed tools and parts. Aviation quality metal body that’s dust and drop proof make the unit a hardy machine
The goal at P2P is to provide a fusion splicer with a short learning curve, priced to meet the market growth and lower fusion splicing errors in the field.
As 5G technology evolves, new products will be needed. Point 2 Point fiber termination equipment and nanoFIBER armored fiber cables can deliver customer solutions for all specific fiber broadband need. We are dedicated to providing products and solutions that reduce restoration and installation time, but most importantly, simplify the overall project that will ensure 5G networks are prepared for the future and challenges ahead. To learn more, visit us at www.point2point.com