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Telcos are scrambling to light their fiber

As the world gets ready for 5G, telcos in India and elsewhere are working underground, literally. But there is a roadblock: Optical fiber, which makes the backbone for high-speed mobile networks, is in short supply.
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Think speed, think 5G. But who will ring in the new era? While the world talks about electromagnetic waves (spectrum) as a precursor to 5G rollout, its big brother light (fiber) is stealing the show. And it is all happening underground. As new infrastructure is built all over the world, optical fiber is flying off the shelves. Leading
Sterlite Technologies, globally the life of fiber once laid is about 20-25 years. In India, it is a relatively abysmal 7-9 years. Other risks include poor installation practices and lack of training. India was once hailed for its telecom revolution. To hold on to that reputation, it has to fix its wiring, and fast. ( Graphics by Ankita Mehrotra.)
Think speed, think 5G. But who will ring in the new era? While the world talks about electromagnetic waves (spectrum) as a precursor to 5G rollout, its big brother light (fiber) is stealing the show. And it is all happening underground. As new infrastructure is built all over the world, optical fiber is flying off the shelves. Leading Sterlite Technologies, globally the life of fiber once laid is about 20-25 years. In India, it is a relatively abysmal 7-9 years. Other risks include poor installation practices and lack of training. India was once hailed for its telecom revolution. To hold on to that reputation, it has to fix its wiring, and fast. ( Graphics by Ankita Mehrotra.)

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