The Critical Nature of Wireless Infrastructure During the 5G Technology Evolution
By John Mastrangelo, Esq. - Real Estate Manager, Advantage Engineers
This article is featured in The Chronicle - 2020 Vol. 28 Published by Southern New Jersey Development Council (SNJDC)
“Can you hear me now?” A phrase that has taken on extra importance over the last 6 months.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world in many ways. Communication has never been more important, especially these days. Healthcare workers and first responders’ access to instant information can mean the difference of life or death and with many working and learning remotely, the need for fast and reliable wireless service has become essential. 5G is next generation wireless network technology that is expected to change the way people live and work. It will be faster and able to handle more connected devices than the existing 4G LTE network, improvements that will enable a wave of new kinds of tech products. The emergence of 5G technology is not only enabling facetime calls, zoom meetings, and Instagram scrolling, but also telehealth visits, pop-up hospitals, and testing centers. 5G technology has the potential to support millions of devices at ultrafast speeds thereby improving the way businesses operate and individuals go about their daily lives.
The ultrafast speeds and higher capacity of the 5G signal require a greater amount of infrastructure due to the low distance the 5G signal travels. While newer types of cell sites such as small cells and in building solutions have dominated the industry recently over what we know as traditional macro sites, the existing towers, rooftops and watertanks are still a critical aspect in achieving the goal of bringing 5G to everyone.
Telecommunication companies racing to provide 5G to the public will require partnerships with companies with the expertise to support the installation and maintenance of the 5G infrastructure that will spur the growth in economic and personal development moving forward. The deployment of temporary cell sites, COWs, and critical capacity installs for the ever changing and immediate needs of the wireless carriers in the southern New Jersey area. For the past 10 years, communication companies and governmental entities in southern NJ have put their trust in the professionals at Advantage Engineers to provide the comprehensive engineering and consulting services to satisfy their telecommunication infrastructure needs.
In April, a major wireless carrier had multiple critical capacity needs to support the community and first responders amidst a surge of COVID-19 cases in Lakewood, NJ. Advantage’s team of engineers and designers responded with a design and analysis of the temporary facilities that were brought in to relieve the strain on the network. The team also managed the construction and coordinated with the landlord and general contractor to ensure construction was completed quickly and to the satisfaction of our client.
The full benefits for the 5G technology for individuals and businesses will not be realized for some time as communication companies continue to expand their network. Further investment in the infrastructure that will bring 5G to everyone will be required. Whether that investment in infrastructure calls for tower modifications, fiber, in-building wireless and small cells, communication companies can look to Advantage to provide the level of service required to meet their goals of making 5G a reality for everyone.