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5G mobile technology and the cable/MSO initiative Fiber Deep are generating interest in new and unique optical networking solutions. Both are pushing more bandwidth to the edge of the network by increasing wireless capacity with 5G and by extending the fiber portion of the HFC network further into the access with Fiber Deep. There were two separate programs on the OFC show floor focused on 5G (a Market Watch panel and an Operator Summit panel), numerous component and equipment announcements about 5G and MSO access, and the term “5G” prominently displayed on booths from testing equipment to hardware vendors.

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