Revolutionizing Connectivity: 5G Cells on Poles and Hoardings

Revolutionizing Connectivity: 5G Cells on Poles and Hoardings

5G Cells to Piggyback on Poles, Hoardings


For Prelims

About 5G:

  • 5G is the fifth-generation cellular technology which can provide faster and more reliable communication with ultra-low latency.
  • The peak network data speeds are expected to be as high as 20 Gbps (gigabits per second).
  • 5G is expected to become the backbone of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence.
  • However, 5G has to tackle issues with coverage since the higher the frequency, the lower the wavelength, which means that the distance they travel is less.
  • For frequencies in the range of 3.3-3.6 GHz the waves will travel only 100-150 metres.

5G mainly works in 3 bands:

  • Low Band Spectrum: The maximum speed is limited to 100 Mbps (Megabits per second) however, it gives wide coverage, even in rural locations. Low band spectrum is considered ideal for commercial cell phone users.
  • Mid Band Spectrum: Data speeds are expected to peak between 600-900Mbps. It offers higher speeds compared to the low band
  • High Band Spectrum: It offers the highest speed of all the three bands, but has extremely limited coverage and signal penetration strength.

About Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI):

  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is a regulatory body set up by the Government of India under section 3 of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997.
  • TRAI’s mission is to create and nurture conditions for growth of telecommunications in the country in a manner and at a pace which will enable India to play a leading role in emerging global information society.



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