Wireless carriers are in full 5G buildout mode. New radio equipment is being added to towers within multiple new frequency bands, each with either a dedicated or multiband antenna. Every new radio and antenna requires new fiber and power cables.
All this equipment adds significantly to the tower load, even as 4G and some 3G networks are still operating. Deployments include small cells in dense urban areas and fixed wireless access increasingly for broadband in suburban and rural areas.
New construction brings different challenges for site placements and connections. Material and labor must be coordinated efficiently and cost-effectively.
Kat Brooks, Director of Mobility Network Engineering at CommScope discusses ways to streamline network deployments with John Celentano, Inside Towers Business Editor.
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