The wireless industry is moving towards 5G and this is a good news for Smart Cities, as they depend on ubiquitous broadband connectivity to enable a range of critical services.
5G technology allows to deliver substantial increases in data speeds and capacity, as well as equally critical reductions in latency. As it needs to take advantage of higher radio frequencies, which cover a smaller geographic footprint due to the limited propagation of the radio signals, 5G networks require more antennas — in the form of small cells — as we are used today.
To avoid having them anywhere visible, 5G antennas will be more and more integrated into existing elements of the city scape, such as street light poles, bus stop shelters, car parking lots. This presents some novel technical and design challenges, but above all asks for new synergies between network planning and urban planning.
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