To address industry modernization and digitalization needs in the utilities sector, the use of 3GPP connectivity and LTE/5G-based cellular private networks on licensed and unlicensed spectrums is growing. US-based utilities believe they need secure, scalable and prioritized control of their infrastructure and can justify the ROI from private networks, encouraging them to seek out custom-built solutions, including spectrum and investment considerations.

5G is the next generation of high-capacity wireless technology intended to support fixed and mobile broadband. With peak speeds exceeding 1 Gbps and latencies on the order of 1 ms, 5G will complement rather than replace existing generations of wireless technology with fiber-speed performance. In a new industry perspective, Managing Director David Waite describes the motivations behind 5G, its role in the access network, and the 5G investment case for fixed residential broadband.

Network latency in the U.S. has risen steadily with the deployment of more communications networks and increased complexity of internetworking. Just as air travel involves more segments and connections, internet transport involves more hops and cross-connects with similar consequences for end-users: ever growing delays.