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johnmayer 5/12/2015 | 4:32:55 AM
Re: Dark fibre Excited to see 5G rolling. Bring it on
thebulk 5/6/2015 | 2:10:21 PM
Re: Dark fibre @Joe, i wouldnt doubt if those same factors were driving addoption here in Thailand. 
Joe Stanganelli 4/29/2015 | 10:38:06 PM
Re: Initial rollouts will be urban. Right? Could be smaller urban areas, possibly.  Google Fiber, for instance, has focused on smaller cities thus far in its limited rollout.
Joe Stanganelli 4/29/2015 | 10:37:05 PM
Re: Dark fibre When I went to South Korea about 15 years ago -- well before cell phones were particularly popular in the US -- EVERYBODY in South Korea had at least one (usually at least two, frequently more) cell phone.

And when I say everybody, I mean everybody.  Every baby I saw had a lanyard around his or her neck with a cell phone attached.

I would later learn that part of the reason for this rapid and massive early adoption of cell phones was because of S. Korea's infrastructure; landlines were frequently expensive and/or difficult to get because of connectivity issues.  Koreans, consequently, took very quickly, easily, and eagerly to the cell phone revolution -- well before cell phone penetration in the US had reached even 20 percent.
nasimson 4/27/2015 | 12:05:42 AM
Initial rollouts will be urban. Right? I'm a little confused by the survey results. When 5G will be deployed it will be in the urban areas first. In these areas fiber is fast getting ubiquitous. So how much of challenge is backhaul atleast in the initial rollouts.
thebulk 4/26/2015 | 11:52:42 PM
Re: Dark fibre @Joe, I have seen it here in Asia, especially here in Thailand, even major metro areas outside of the Bangkok / Central Thailand area lack the infastructor all together. I can imagine in other less developed areas it might be even more questionable. 
Joe Stanganelli 4/26/2015 | 11:20:45 PM
Re: Dark fibre That's very true -- especially considering the lack of even basic broadband connectivity in many parts of the world (including substantial parts of the US).

Of course, certain, older major metro areas can present their own cost problems when dealing with bad infrastructure.
Joe Stanganelli 4/26/2015 | 11:18:37 PM
Standards/Consortiums Creating and influencing standards just has the opposite effect and breeds uncertainty these days.  (Randall Munroe hit the nail on the head here.)
thebulk 4/25/2015 | 3:52:52 AM
Re: Dark fibre Having the fiber is key, in a metro area its generally not an issue, but as you push outside those metro hubs it can become difficult and expensive to get what is needed. 
R Clark 4/25/2015 | 2:21:25 AM
Dark fibre I think backhaul is already making claims on 4G network resources.  The Asian players who've been aggressive in rolling out 2- and 3-carrier aggregation say they couldn't do it without near-ubiquitous availability of dark fibre.  4.5G mobile broadband should be a nice earner for metro fibre operators.
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