(WTNH) — There are hundreds of what are called “macro towers” all around the state. They average 100 to 200 feet and have made cellphone service generally available in almost all areas of the state but the next generation of wireless, called “5G” will require hundreds and hundreds more mini antennas. They are smaller and cover a smaller area and must be much closer to the ground like on a utility poll. They’ll be needed for faster downloads and connectivity for autonomous cars and smart appliances.
This presents a technologically difficult problem in downtown areas like in Stamford and other cities where the utilities are underground and along the Metro-North railroad line where commuters are clamoring for faster internet service.