New research was released yesterday from RVA, LLC, showing that cities with fiber — especially those with widespread residential fiber — have more small cells and smart city applications than cities without, putting them ahead in the race for 5G.
The research found that cities with fiber have, on average, 37% more deployed small cells and just over 35% more smart city applications. This echoes the findings of a recent Fiber Broadband Association paper, “The Road to 5G is Paved with Fiber." Small cell networks, essential to 5G, require fiber to connect individual small cells. It makes sense, then, that communities with fiber broadband also have more small cells.
“This research confirms what those of us in the fiber industry and in fiber-connected communities already know: fiber broadband will accelerate the connected future including the next generation of 5G wireless,” said Heather Burnett Gold, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association in a press release earlier today. “We will continue working to bring the benefits of fiber broadband to more cities, businesses, and families across the country.”
To learn more about fiber broadband and what it can bring to your community, visit fiberbroadband.org.