How WDM Helps With 5G Deployment

Wes_headshot_blog_size Wes Oxlee July 14, 2017

This blog post is part of our blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.

With 5G on the way, service providers need to get the most bandwidth out of their current fiber networks.

One recent development in fiber technology is the increased use of passive wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) devices. These devices allow carriers to get the most out of their valuable fiber assets.

Who can benefit from using WDMs? That’s an easy question to answer—all service providers. It helps best utilize their entire infrastructure and get it ready for 5G deployments.

In this vlog, I explain how this technology has evolved and the advantages it has created for service providers.


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About the Author


Wes Oxlee

Wes Oxlee is director of Business Development and Strategy for the CommScope Connectivity Solutions business unit. Wes has 34 years of telecommunications industry experience with a primary focus on optical fiber external plant networks. Following a 16-year career with Telstra, where he was the national technical specialist for Fiber Optics External Plant, he joined CommScope in 2000. Wes is a certified fiber-to-the-home professional and, in his current role, he is focused on developing innovative fiber solutions and architectures that will support the next-generation wireless networks.