We talk a lot about network convergence at CommScope. We believe most networks will be put on a “high fiber diet” as we move into the future of broadband. And global surveys support that idea.
In fact, we recently co-sponsored the “Broadband Outlook 2016” survey by Telecoms.com Intelligence. That survey concluded fiber will play a crucial role in the development of 5G, as well as network speed in all FTTH deployments. The only way to provide backhaul to a high density small cell network is a converged fiber network. As such, 5G will drive network convergence and deep fiber deployment.
You can read more about the survey here. In the meantime, here is my perspective on the results: