5G Deployment Faces Unique Challenges Across The US

By Jonathan Babcock, Joshua Turner, and Anna Gomez (August 1, 2017, 4:57 PM EDT) -- Wireless technology, on the cusp of rolling out next-generation 5G technology, stands at a critical point. The deployment of 5G wireless technology will bring about transformational economic benefits, spark the growth of smart cities and enable significant innovations in health care, transportation and public safety. The unique technological aspects of 5G (and the spectrum that will be used to provide it) mean that these antennas are small and relatively low-powered, making the term "small cell" an apt moniker for these facilities. The flip side of this tradeoff is that each antenna has a very short range. To reach the full potential of 5G technology, wireless providers will thus need to deploy hundreds of thousands of small cells in communities across America. Rights-of-way, used for a variety of existing infrastructure like street lamps and utility poles, provide an ideal location for many of these small cells....

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