Whether it’s the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the evolution of autonomous cars, or the ever-increasing need for faster connectivity, the world requires wireless networks to meet our growing demands. But how can you quickly and efficiently expand wireless network capacity in cities, neighborhoods, and crowded urban centers? Small cell networks have emerged as a solution to meet the bandwidth and coverage needed by mobile users.
What is Small Cell Technology?
Small cells are wireless transmitters and receivers designed to provide network coverage to smaller areas. So while tall, high-powered “macro” towers keep the network signal reliable over long distances, small cells are perfect for more densely developed environments like cities. Small cells provide both outdoor and in-building wireless service using the licensed, shared, or unlicensed spectrum.
Small cell structures can be designed to visually complement adjacent architectural elements using a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, and fiberglass/composite leveraging an unmatched fusion of engineering expertise in lighting, traffic, and wireless communication structure design.
Nevada Sales Agency & Valmont Structures
Our team at Nevada Sales Agency has partnered with Valmont Structures, a leader in 5G small cell implementation. Valmont’s small cell applications are renowned for durable designs created by their experienced team of lighting and communications engineers. If you’re interested in making small cell technology part of your next project, contact us at Nevada Sales Agency. We’ll work with you to find the perfect small cell structures and decorative lighting fixtures to fit your design.
The Benefits of Small Cell Networks
Small cells provide coverage and capacity, meaning how far the mobile signal goes and how much connectivity you have on your mobile device. Small cells can provide faster downloads since smartphones and other wireless devices have a network connection that can handle large amounts of data at higher speeds. In cities where buildings interfere with phone service, small cell technology can significantly improve reliability. Additionally, areas adopting small cell technology may be seen as being forward-thinking and technologically friendly, prompting more residents and businesses to move there.
Small cells are a particular benefit to emergency services, which can integrate new technologies like Next Generation 911 and early warning systems for natural disasters, as well as have a more reliable and faster service.
Small Cell Technology Powers the 5G Revolution
As the demand for faster, more reliable mobile networks increases, older mobile network technology, such as LTE and 4G, have limitations that hinder technological progress. With data transfer rates 30 to 50 times faster than 4G and sub-millisecond latencies, 5G is the key ingredient in starting a Fourth Industrial Revolution. But for the revolution to take hold, our networks must be built to support it. Small cell technology will be vital to that effort in towns and cities.