From a holistic perspective, a fibre network is always preferable for a smart city

23 October 2015
Report type: Research Note
Author(s): Alex Chau - Research Director, Head of Asia
Keywords: IoT, internet of things, internet, things, M2M, machine-to-machine, smart, cities, fibre
Number of Pages: 7

With more and more city managers considering smart initiatives for their cities, the most common issue that has emerged – and that is often ignored until the last minute – is network connectivity. In the past, the number of connection points required for city services has remained relatively small, which meant that it made economic sense to lease the links from service providers.

With the arrival of IoT and Smart City initiatives, however, the number of connection points is expected to be vast. Although many connections will be wireless and short range, their data output will eventually need to be concentrated and sent back to a central office for analysis, with the result that the demands for data links will still be very high – particularly for high-bandwidth or real-time services. For this reason, the debate surrounding fibre networks for Smart City deployments has resurfaced.

This Research Note aims to provide clear guidance for city managers at different stages of development on when to implement a fibre network.

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