Why invest in fibre rather than 5G?Why invest in fibre rather than 5G?
Wireless connections can be a useful way to connect remote homes to the internet, but 5G may not be the answer for sparsely populated areas.
5G networks can operate on several different frequencies, but the higher frequencies do not penetrate buildings and trees as well as the lower frequencies.
Using those high frequencies requires many more transmitters, closer to the homes and offices that need internet access.
And those so-called nano-masts are typically connected to the internet backbone by fibre.
"Investing in fibre improves both fixed line services and helps to support connecting the many new nano-masts needed for 5G at its highest speeds," said Andrew Ferguson from the news site Thinkbroadband.com.