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Part 1: Effects on Optical Spending Today

Despite early claims that the optical network must be upgraded to realize the capabilities of 5G, network operators are instead building the radio network first and updating the optical network only when needed. Cignal AI spoke with multiple network operators around the world with 5G trials underway or planned, and also spoke with five of the largest optical vendors providing 5G fronthaul/backhaul solutions. The objective of these discussions was to form an opinion about the impact of 5G rollouts on optical spending. In this first part, the impact on current optical spending is analyzed.

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