Will 5G replace fiber optics in homes? Some telecommunications companies think so.

5G  is the next big technology that will dominate the world. Next-generation telephone networks will not only offer fantastic download speeds (300 megabytes per second at first that could reach up to 1 GB), but they will also not give any latency problem. Will this mean the end of fiber optics in homes? Companies like American Common Networks believe so.

Will 5G replace fiber optics in homes? Some telecommunications companies think so.
Will 5G replace fiber optics in homes? Some telecommunications companies think so.

 It is very likely that in your home, you have gone from having a standard ADSL line to have a fiber optic line to connect to the Internet. And surely, this change seemed beastly. Well, you may soon have to change support again to gain more speed. But you will not have to install anything or a technician will have to put complicated cables in your building: the Internet will come to you through the air thanks to 5G.

That is the commitment of companies like Common Networks, which is placing 5G antennas in several locations in California so that neighbors can connect to the Internet in their homes through this new telephone protocol.

The idea of ​​Common Networks is that all neighbors abandon their fiber optic, ADSL, or even cable television contracts because they are not going to need them: with 5G, they will have all their needs covered.

 And it is that  5G networks offer download speeds greater than 300 megabytes per second in its first phase, that is to say, the same as the best fiber optic offer on the market.  And later, they could even reach 1 GB of download, making them better than fiber optics.

Another aspect in which 5G networks are superior to traditional fiber-optic networks is low latency. It makes a very suitable technology for critical applications that require a rapid response capacity.

Low latency means that what we are ordering a character to do through the command will be seen in the video game immediately.

 How much do all these advantages cost? Zach Brock, CEO of Common Networks, says in this CNBC report that his company wants the monthly fee to be $ 50 (plus taxes) and that there is no download limit. This price is 20% cheaper than the optical fiber that is deployed in that area of ​​the United States.

 Why is 5G better cheaper than optical fiber? Well, because there is no need to pull a cable or open the ground to bury it or take it to a switchboard. It is only necessary to place antennas in the neighborhood and that the devices connect to them.

But Common Networks is not the only company that is offering such services. Verizon also provides it with its Home 5G program that is currently available in areas of Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston, and Indianapolis. Verizon is charging the same price of $ 50 a month for homes that already have a previous contract with the operator and $ 70 a month for homes that don't have it. Also, Verizon gives away the first three months of the Internet at home for free.

 Will the same happen in Spain? Companies like Ono - currently owned by Vodafone - or Movistar have made multimillion-dollar investments to install fiber in much of the urban centers of our country, and it seems confusing that overnight they despise this investment and replace it with 5G. But if another operator arrives with the same intentions of Common Projects, they will have no choice but to jump to 5G and market it for the home as well.


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