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5G won’t kill fibre broadband, Vox CEO says

‘The market needs to be educated about 5G. People are being told it will replace fibre.’
The acquisition of spectrum will support Vox’s strategy in fibre broadband. Picture: Bloomberg

The potential of mobile technology has been “blown out of proportion” and won’t undermine demand for fibre broadband solutions.

That’s the new of Vox CEO Jacques du Toit, who says anyone claiming that 5G will replace fibre is being “opportunistic”.

Though 5G offers much higher download speeds and improved latency (or network roundtrip times), it will have similar challenges to 3G and 4G in replacing fibre connections in homes and businesses.

It will also take longer than some punters are suggesting for 5G to be rolled out on a mass scale, Du Toit said, given that the standards must still be bedded down and significant infrastructure must still be built.

“The market needs to be educated about 5G,” he said. “People are being told it will replace fibre. But if it really replaces fibre and you want massive speed, it must be uncontended and you will have to have a (base station) every hundred metres.”

Initial 5G deployments will connect single customers, typically businesses, and backhauled with fibre, he said.

“There’s a place for 5G, if you’re mobile. But when I’m in my house, and I have 40, 50 or 60 devices connected, then streaming HD video and surfing the Internet – well, 5G is not going to cut it. There’s nothing in life faster than light.”

Spectrum licensing

The success of 5G will depend on how much the spectrum needed to deploy it costs, and the conditions attached to spectrum licensing, Du Toit said.

Through its Frogfoot Networks subsidiary, Vox is aggressively deploying fibre access infrastructure, with a focus on Pretoria and Cape Town, and expanding this year to George, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein.

However, the company is interested in participating in a spectrum auction, be it for 4G or 5G, provided it makes commercial sense.

“If the auction is not just about price, but a fair, reasonable and competitive environment, every telco would want access to some spectrum. There are areas you won’t serve via fibre,” he said.

He said that if Vox is successful in winning access to radio frequency spectrum, the company won’t try and compete directly with the big mobile operators. Instead, it will design niche products tailored to specific market segments. An example might be a package tailored for streaming video.

“We have put a lot of effort into modelling (for spectrum). There are two things for me. One if the price. It’s a pass-through cost. If the price too high, your return profile will be too low. And, secondly, what are the obligations? If by winning in the auction you will be forced to roll out in Thaba Nchu, that market doesn’t typically have the wallet size to support it.”

And the acquisition of spectrum must support Vox’s strategy in fibre broadband. “The idea is not to compete with the current mobile data offerings. You need to pick your market.”  — © 2019 NewsCentral Media

This article originally featured on TechCentral here

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You all need to google the detrimental effects of 5 G IT”S SERIOUSLY BAD for humans !!!!!!!!!!!

So it uses other “bad” frequencies and not the existing ones? In other word, I’m asking why is it worse if using the same frequencies.

5G requires many new antenna arrays to work. This means the number of “base stations” per suburb will increase significantly exposing you to larger and stronger doses of radiation.

Generally the frequency bands are these:
3G 1.8-2.5 GHz
4G 2-8 GHz
5G 0.6-6 GHz (LTE range) plus 24-86 GHz (millimetre bands)
The actual frequencies vary according to the country, but they fall within the indicated bands.

Microwave versus millimeter waves are 2 different platforms!

Nonsense.
*All caps and multiple exclamation marks inevitably = stereotypical woo-woo believer*

5G is the new DDT for humans.

To those commenters who worry about the health effect of 5G.
I remember when cell phones first came out “experts” were forecasting an epidemic of brain cancer. Some of the websites which warn against 5G also consider the WiFi router a danger to your health.

When they get cancer there is NO SPECIFIC cause. Instead of blindly commenting, do some research.

Millimeter waves are very intense and BAD for you. That’s why they are not doing scientific testing on it!! Carte Blanche are you out there?

Are you seriously claiming that all the governments are in some kind of conspiracy to kill off the population by allowing the 5G development? Millimetre waves can not penetrate your skin. Just because some websites claim that it is dangerous it does not mean that it is true. You can find websites which claim that aliens are living among us, some even claim that they run the world. Do you believe that too? Maybe they use 5G to get rid of the humans?

Would a tinfoil hat perhaps protect us from these death waves.

Finally someone that saw the light and talking about it. Thanks Jacques. Nothing beats 299 792 458 meters per second.
5G is microwave technology, which has health problems – proven by professors – never believe a technologist when it comes to the health and hazards of technology.
Nothing better than having a connected point to the internet with no interference up until the last 5 / 0 meters. Yes, wifi is also bad for you so is a cellphone close to your ear (brain) and genitals. Light = no interference. The big corporates are just punting the idea (5G, IoT, AI, etc.) to get consumers to buy new products and spend money so they can stay in business. Fibre is future proof and there is no technology that can replace it at this moment. Fibre should be connected the same way you get water and electricity (not wireless)…

Wouldn’t ‘a package tailored for streaming video’ be competing with the Mobile networks?

Well… Get fiber rolled out then. Majority of homes barely have usable DSL.

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