By Frank DeJoy
5 Deployment Opportunities for RDOF Bidders, Broadband Providers, and Network Operators —
The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the significant impact on communities across the country that are unable to access the Internet for telecommuting, working from home, attending school, or receiving remote medical services.
As a result, consumer and business expectations for reliable broadband access have advanced several years in the space of a few months. Even before the global pandemic, mobile data traffic alone grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 43% per year. Wired demand, already high in today’s homes and businesses, will be even greater over the next few years for broadband applications such as UHD streaming and 8K video.
In terms of the future, the broad 5G focus and advancing Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction have created even more resolve to build the infrastructure needed to build a foundation for current and future data demands, and to increase connectivity to all, particularly under-served communities across rural America.
Leading telecom and utility network owners are exploring best-practice approaches and operating models that incorporate technologies and efficiency levers to deploy future-proofed networks faster without compromising quality or driving up costs. This is particularly true of RDOF participants who must plan now for how they will meet build-out obligations and reporting requirements should they be successful in the October auction.
Originally published on isemag.com October 1, 2020