The Difficulties Of A 5G Rollout
5G is changing the landscape in many urban areas where poor internet and phone connectivity have hindered the capabilities of residents. Improvements to the lives of inner-city Americans depends heavily on access to information, educational opportunities, banking and high-definition video. In order for these types of services to become more prevalent and more useful for people in densely packed urban areas, the rollout of 5G networks is critical. 5G offers a speed and bandwidth boost over 4G connectivity that can make the difference between access to useful information and a blackout of service to an entire area. Luckily, the rollout of 5G connectivity and services is beginning to happen in many major metropolitan areas, with city planners working diligently on not only the technological aspects but also the methods of supplying the connectivity in the most unobtrusive way possible. This has to be considered carefully with respect to a particular urban environment because 5G small cell sites must be placed far closer together than those supporting the previous cellular generations. 4G equipment has been primarily placed on macro towers that can roughly one mile or more apart in order to provide adequate connectivity, without dead spots and dropped service areas. The higher frequency 5G signals need to be considerably closer together in order to provide a similar level of connectivity, with small cell nodes needing to be around one-tenth of a mile apart for optimum coverage. This means that roughly six times the amount of 5G small cell sites are necessary in order to provide consistent coverage within an area. Integrating this large amount of additional equipment into a densely packed urban environment is difficult, and the fact that the small cell sites need to be closer to the ground puts them directly in the visual plane. This is where the creative and technologically advanced solutions from Raycap come into play.
The STEALTH suite of products offers a variety of different small cell pole, shroud, topper and screen wall options all suitable for installation in dense urban environments. These specialized concealment structures allow for all of the cell site equipment to be concealed and connected. An AC Disconnect enables installation on site and allows utilities to access the power and meter with ease. This Raycap equipment also allows utility workers to safely access the power within the small cell site in order to provide service upgrades and/or maintenance. The InvisiWave® materials enables 5G mmWave signals to pass through without degradation or signal loss, giving the small cell network the ability to provide a consistent connectivity for those using the network. Through the integration network infrastructure equipment and concealment, Raycap is enabling the rollout of 5G connectivity to areas that may have been underserved in the past, while also providing a streamlined and aesthetically pleasing integration of the equipment. Through these advancements, city planners and carriers bringing 5G to the masses in a way that will not significantly change the visual landscape, and allowing improvements in services to enhance connectivity and improve the quality of life for inner city dwellers.