05-07-2015 08:42 - edited 05-07-2015 08:49
Where did you get this information from? Fibre optic cables are for home or office broadband. Nothing to do with 4G.
on 05-07-2015 09:54 - last edited on 13-07-2015 10:42 by
I have just been given this information by a good friend
If BT are installing fibre to the transmitters this is for backhaul capacity.
Remember in an IP orientated world all mobile comms are using data not physical lines these days and backhaul will be over fibre / point to point microwave as opposed to copper cable. Some info from BT here https://www.btwholesale.com/shared/docu ... _05_09.doc
on 05-07-2015 10:39
My lucky day....which is lucky for the OP...I have been given further info on this very specialised subject
"When using your phone over the data network, your handset sends data to the local mast. That data then leaves the o2 gsm network and goes onto the Internet. Where 4g is live this is normally through fibre optic cables. This is necessary to provide the high bandwidth required. The data goes to the Internet servers, responses are received, and then data goes back via the fibre optic network to your nearest transmitter to come back to your phone. This all happens in milliseconds.
So as BT are adding fibre optics to your local masts in Telford this will be to increase capacity and if 4g is not there yet will almost certainly be a precursor to its arrival in the coming months"
Credit to @Anonymous
on 05-07-2015 11:39
on 05-07-2015 11:56
We all live and learn....I had an idea how it worked without the detailed indepth explanation. Good to know
on 05-07-2015 12:23
The vast majority of the UK internet backbone is fibre, by extending this out to phone masts and domestic broadband (virgin and bt infinity) we all benefit from greater bandwidth. I used to be a beta tester for Pipex broadband before it was sold, they always had excellent network capacity and your login defined what part of the network you were on - they had spare cpacity that was never used in everyday use, the beta testers had this to ourselves - I never complained about congestion!!