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Mobile infrastructure will ultimately rely on fibre broadband

In 2017 mobile broadband subscriptions are growing rapidly and LTE infrastructure now carries over 65% of all global mobile traffic. While mobile and fixed will always exist in parallel, there is no doubt that with a faltering fixed network and an excellent mobile network, mobile will give fixed a run for its money.

With competitively priced services, innovative smartphones and an increasing range of apps; mobile broadband traffic will continue to escalate. While the capacity of the mobile network has been greatly improved by LTE in many parts of the world, along with increasing spectrum allocation, the physics of mobile technology is such that it will be impossible to handle all the traffic from mobile devices over the mobile network. An increasing proportion will have to be offloaded onto fixed networks and thus, developments in LTE will actually stimulate the need for fibre broadband.

Ultimately, most mobile stations will have to be connected to a fibre optic network in order to cope with the volume of traffic. 5G will create an even denser mobile tower infrastructure than the one that is already in place, with mobile stations starting to appear on many city buildings and many street corners (often connected to private city fibre networks). In the end, the mobile network will be a fibre network with a fairly short wireless access signal to the end-users.

A new BuddeComm report provides valuable information, analyses and statistics on the global mobile industry including mobile broadband. Also provided are unique regional mobile industry overviews for Africa; Asia Pacific; Latin America; North America; Europe; Asia and the Middle East.

For detailed information, table of contents and pricing see: Global Mobile Communications and Mobile Broadband – Analyses and Statistics