By Ron Bilodeau
Follow These 4 Steps to Ensure You’re Small-Cell Compliant —
5G is anticipated to create an estimated 3 million new jobs, and to pump $500 billion into the economy. “The telecommunications industry is positioned to spend more than $275 billion while building 5G infrastructure.”1
The 5G network is expected to provide technological and economic benefits to consumers, businesses, and municipalities. Critical infrastructure including utilities, hospitals, schools, transportation systems, and first responders, will be profoundly impacted by the new world of 5G. Developing Utility Smart Grid Solutions such as Fault Location, Isolation and Restoration (FLISR) may be enabled by 5G.
Much of the 5G network will be deployed using small cell antenna systems which, depending on network configuration, provide wireless signal coverage of less than 1,000 feet. The fiber optic cabling required for small cell backhaul and the small cell equipment, due to its small size, can and is currently being attached to utility structures such as stand-alone streetlights, traffic signals, and utility distribution poles.
Originally published on isemag.com July 1, 2020