Streamlining And Beautifying 5G
There is a land grab happening all across the world as cellular carriers attempt to build the fastest new networks possible for their customers. The intense competition among the major players in this industry is legendary and leads to a situation where the companies offering the fastest speeds and best coverage are the ones who stand to gain the lion’s share of new customers, with the competition being left behind. For the most part, right now this relies upon new 5G technology, which allows significantly faster download speeds, as well as more seamless video play, gaming and clarity of call reception. The difference between 5G speeds and 4G are noticeable, so it is not like customers are debating the switch if they have experienced it. Simply put, if one network offers 5G speeds in a region and another does not, there is a good chance there will be many consumers switching cell phone providers. For this reason, networks are aggressively rolling out as many 5G microsites or “small cell sites” as possible, in an attempt to be first to the table to offer 5G speeds in a region. This means that there will continue to be a significant increase in noticeable infrastructure equipment positioned on utility poles, street light poles and other structures in the urban right of way in the near future, with estimates predicting an increase from 180,000 to more than 800,000 of these microsites within the next few years. The microsites must be positioned around one-tenth of a mile apart, unlike the 3G/4G network nodes that can have a mile or more between them while still providing excellent coverage. The increase in the amount of new telecom infrastructure equipment that will need to be mounted all around people, and the need for it to quickly be brought on line by the utility once installed, calls for standardization and streamlining of equipment both for beauty and for safety.
Raycap’s new connectivity and protection device made for the purpose of streamlining equipment wiring of 5G micro sites is the combination AC disconnect enclosure. This device brings together a number of the existing disparate boxes that had been installed to a pole into just one slim line enclosure, replacing the need for many ugly boxes to be attached to a single small cell pole site. The units improve the ease of installation and serve to clean up and streamline the jumble of wires, electrical equipment that’s necessary for functionality. The product also acts to help standardize not only the look and feel of externally mounted boxes, but the power connectivity, providing a routing for AC power to move first through a metering device then to a single disconnect or circuit breaker before going on to other equipment in or on the small cell pole. This method enables the utility whose workers will need to power up the equipment once installed, or maintain it should that become necessary, to work around or with the small cell equipment safely. Through this kind of product standardization, utility workers can cut the power to an entire small cell site with a single breaker, being confident that they have eliminated exposure to live lines that may be providing power to the site. The units also add a layer of protection for the public, who will be in far closer proximity to these installations than ever before, due to the necessity for them to be so close to the devices themselves. The combination AC disconnect enclosure is an elegant solution that furthers the carriers desire towards a 5G rollout that blends into the landscape while also providing electrical protection and safety.