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Dec 10th 2019

Small Cells and 5G Evolution

Business’ and consumers’ appetite for faster data and larger capacity has led to an increase in data traffic and network infrastructure enhancements. Current network infrastructure cannot keep up. Consequently, we’re seeing a deluge of interest in small cells and the 5G evolution. 

Fueling Market Growth for Small Cells

According to an Allied Market Research report titled, “Small Cell 5G Network Market by Component (Solution and Service), Radio Technology (Standalone and Non-standalone), Frequency Band (Low-band, Mid-band, and Millimeter Wave), Cell Type (Femtocells, Picocells, and Microcells), and Application (Indoor Application and Outdoor Application): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019-2026,” the global Small Cell 5G Network industry is projected to reach $6.87 billion by 2026 (in 2018, it accounted for just $344 million), registering a CAGR of 45.3% from 2019 to 2026. 

“Factors such as increase in network densification, increase in mobile data traffic and emergence of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band are driving the growth of the market. In addition, an increased investment in 5G infrastructure by numerous countries fuels the market growth.”

Importance of Small Cells Increases with 5G Evolution

The role of small cells is becoming more vital with every “G” evolution. Small cells are small base stations (about the size of a pizza box) that contain lower power radios and antennas with short range wireless transmission systems. They add density to a cellular network to boost range and help carriers ensure adequate service quality for the network by covering a small geographical area or indoor space. 

Even though 5G will feature a higher transmission speed than 4G, transmission range for 5G is smaller, which makes the installation of small cells a key factor for 5G coverage expansion. 

Responding to the 5G Evolution with Innovation

Small cells are the building blocks to 5G, but it’s important to note that 5G is not a fixed standard. In fact, 5G is more likely to evolve and change over time, just as 4G followed a similar evolution. 

From “co-locating” on an existing tower or short roof tops to installing new telephone poles, every organization has their own concerns. Through careful consideration and working collaboratively with key stakeholders, KMB innovates solutions to quickly, efficiently and aesthetically solve small cell installation concerns, while still enabling 5G evolution.

Leading 5G Small Cell Company to Support 5G Evolution

KMB is a leading 5G small cell company. We have deployed over 550 polygons (small cell groupings) nationwide. Our innovative engineering solutions set us apart. Whether you have questions on how to get started, or need help with the permitting process, KMB can help with all of your small cell and 5G needs. 

Contact us to learn more about KMB’s small cell engineering consulting services.

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