In 2020, experts estimate that there are at least 31 billion IoT-connected devices worldwide. These devices rely on 5G connection to function properly and thus, perhaps now more than ever, there is a huge demand for 5G-ready telecom engineers and fiber contractors. In fact, research conducted by IHS Markit has predicted that by the year 2035, the global 5G value chain could generate 22 million jobs worldwide. Today, with 5G rollouts happening in more and more countries, it is no doubt that increased demands for 5G-ready telecom engineers will soon arrive.


Moreover, the merging of wireless with wired connectivity has seen the utilization of fiber optic cabling for 5G, as explained by our articles on Network Convergence here. As such, the extensive launch of 5G across the globe will require an extensive network of fiber optic cabling, and thus, will increase the demand for telecom engineers who are experienced on both 5G and fiber.


This brings us to the question: how should telecom companies, engineers, and fiber contractors prepare themselves with the newest technology across the field of fiber and 5G?


Continuously learn and upskill yourself

It is expected that telecom engineers will need to broaden their technical knowledge and gain an understanding of new technologies that are currently on demand. Moreover, an increasing number of telecom companies are reportedly seeking hybrid engineers – i.e. those who have expertise in more than one field – hence adding a complementary skill to your portfolio, such as Cisco or Juniper certifications, is recommended to stay ahead of the job market. 


Moreover, it is important to understand that 5G networks will be highly automated, and IT networks will converge. This means new tools will be needed for network resource management and new talent, and thus operators will need engineers with skills such as native cloud programming and engineering skills, both of which are currently in short supply in the industry. As fiber contractors and telecom engineers prepare for the mass rollouts of 5G connection, gaining skills and knowledge in these areas will bring you more attractive compensation in the future as many companies will compete against each other to hire them.


Invest time to deepen your knowledge on Fiber & 5G

The transition into a 5G-suited world is far more complex than what we have seen in the past with previous generations of wireless technology. Big commitments are needed for the change and a clear strategy is required in order to help make the transition profitable. Telecom companies will need to prepare their team and occupy them with the much-needed skills in order to remain competitive in the market. With the telecom standards continuously evolving, it is even more important to continuously educate all employees and equip them with recertification opportunities when possible. 


VIAVI is a household name for 5G solutions and we do offer a wide array of knowledge, including blogs, videos, and webinars on everything you need to know to prepare your workforce for a 5G launch. Explore more information on our Knowledge Hub where we have gathered some of the most popular and relevant contents for telecom engineers.


Gain experience on the relevant field


While it may not be easy to gain experience for 5G-related gigs, telecoms engineers with past experience of implementing 3G or 4G technologies who are equipped with knowledge, skills, and certifications in 5G communication will have an advantage when it comes to landing a job on upcoming 5G projects.


While challenges abound, VIAVI continues to support the future evolution of networks. We have the 5G network tools and expertise to ease this shift, expedite 5G roadmaps, and help operators ensure that existing users continue to experience optimum service quality through 5G and beyond.


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