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O2 chief techie: Light up dark fibre and unleash the small cell army

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Michael Ambriz
Jun 07, 2016 10:27
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Operators deploy small cells indoors or outdoors to expand coverage and boost capacity, particularly in specific densely populated areas.

The lack of dark fibre access and lengthy local planning processes are practical challenges in the deployment of small cells today, but they could also impact the development of 5G networks in the future.

And in the US, O Reilly added, some cities have five or six dark fibre suppliers.

According to the new regulation, the UK incumbent is due to publish a draft product reference offer by September this year and is required to launch the dark fibre service by October 2017.

The regulation would help as a catalyst to get the market started, said Catherine Haslam, senior analyst at Ovum.

More than any other telco service, dark fibre is heavily influenced by forces of supply and demand.

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