In the blink of an eye, your wireless device can send a text, order takeout, or adjust the temperature in your house from thousands of miles away. But have you ever wondered... how?
When you take an action like adjusting the temperature on your smart thermostat from a remote location using a mobile device, you set off a series of events. And they all take place within a fraction of a few seconds.
When you talk into your phone, your voice is digitized, converted into data packets, and sent over the air and through the network.
If you’re located within range of a particular cell site, congrats, you’re in the network. As you move about your life, nearing one cell site to the next, this network keeps you connected.
Wide Coverage, High Capacity.
These towers can be up to 200+ feet tall, providing coverage over large geographic areas.
Higher Capacity, Medium Coverage.
Often mounted in elevated spots like rooftops, these provide good coverage and enhance network capacity.
Higher Capacity, Lower Coverage.
Just the size of a backpack, small cells are often mounted on streetlights and lamp posts, providing higher capacity but covering smaller coverage areas like city blocks.
There are roughly 150,000 cell towers in operation today, built over 30 years. By 2026, we’ll need 800,000 small cells to keep up with demand.
By 2020, there will be more IoT devices than humans, making it the fastest growing technology field ever.