‘Trees Grow’ and Other Tales of Wireless Deployment Challenges

Telcos offering 5G must analyze massive network usage, vegetation, building height, and other datasets, looking for changes and seeking ways to optimize antenna deployment to match services with demand.

Salvatore Salamone, Managing Editor, Network Computing

October 4, 2022

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5G offers a powerful wireless option for IT managers seeking to connect users and sites. One factor determining the availability and usefulness of the service is optimal antenna placement that ensures the signal serves the most people and sites and can traverse congested environments. The complexity of the problem is forcing providers to turn to new technologies (AI and digital twins, for example) to help with their operations and planning.

While 5G availability is relatively new, the issue of antenna placement for wireless connectivity is not. I worked for a company in the late 1980s that had an incident that puts the challenge of antenna placement into perspective.

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About the Author(s)

Salvatore Salamone

Managing Editor, Network Computing

Salvatore Salamone is the managing editor of Network Computing. He has worked as a writer and editor covering business, technology, and science. He has written three business technology books and served as an editor at IT industry publications including Network World, Byte, Bio-IT World, Data Communications, LAN Times, and InternetWeek.

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