Fiber and 5G are still in an early stage of development, especially with 5G which is the newbie in the Internet market. Here we are talking about the difference between 5G vs Fiber Optic (5G vs Fiber).
5G (5th generation of wireless networking) has been talking of IT world especially due to its low deployment cost and high bandwidth. In Fiber vs 5G, 5G has great potential to grow rapidly and will surely be a tough challenge for Fibre-optic communication.
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In terms of technology, 5G uses radio waves for sending and receiving data while Fiber optic communication uses light to transmit data through fiber optic cables. Whereas 5G can have downlink speed up to the scale of 20 Gbps and 10 Gbps uplink, practical speed measured on Fiber cables is 100 Gbps.
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One major drawback with using 5G technology is that each cell/station can have expanse up to a few 100 meters while Fiber provisioned signal can reach up to 70 Kms.
While 5G installation cost, rollout time and cost to end-user are considerably lower than costly Fiber optic, former lags behind in terms of operational cost which is significantly higher (up to 5 times) in comparison to Fiber Optic. Fiber Optic also boasts of providing much lesser response time which is not the case with 5G technology.
5G vs Fiber
To summarize, the table below illustrates the comparison between 2 high bandwidth technologies ie fibre vs 5g –
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