Cell Tower fiberization at around 35% is still very low: Tejas Networks

With increased fiberisation, both to homes (for home broadband) as well as to cell towers (for 4G and 5G backhaul), telecom service providers will be required to increase their capital investments in upgrading the capacity and reach of their access as well as backbone networks.

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Tejas Networks CEO Sanjay Nayak during the company recently concluded AGM said that cell tower fiberization was still very low in the country at around 35 per cent. The company is expecting cell tower fiberization to increase over the next four or five years.

One, that cell tower liberalisation is still very low at around 35% and over the next 4 or 5 years it should be at least 60% if you have to have good 4G or 5G coverage,” said Sanjay Nayak, CEO, Tejas Networks.

The company expects cell tower fiberization to be one of the fundamental drivers of its growth. India is among a strong aspect of Tejas Networks growth apart from the international business.

To better serve their 4G customers today and 5G customers in the future, Indian telecom service providers will need to provide fibre-based connectivity from mobile towers, to be able to backhaul the large volume of data and thereby offer a better quality of service. Currently, around 30% of cell towers in India are fiberised and this number is expected to increase over the next few years.

Increased data consumption by wireless as well as wireline customers will require telecom service providers to upgrade the capacity of their metro and long-distance backbone networks. We are also addressing this segment, and we have been serving multiple major telecom operators in India with our DWDM and PTN products,” said Sanjay Nayak, Tejas Networks in the company’s Annual Report.

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