Telecom Trends to Watch: The Evolution of City Structures to Meet Customer Demand

Tom Marciano, Chief Growth Officer
March 4, 2021

Over this past year, we’ve seen networks hit their capacity. Users are experiencing delayed or slowed connectivity. Data usage is driving the demand for bandwidth higher and higher. With the need to be constantly and quickly connected, users and their multiple devices are now putting pressure on the telecom infrastructure already in place. 

Wireless users are pushing for immediate and faster connectivity and cities/municipal jurisdictions are feeling the pressure to find solutions to meet these demands. Now, companies are seeking new ways to move infrastructure physically closer to their end users. 

What does this look like? Rather than building towers at height, companies are figuring out ways to build wireless connectivity points (like nodes, small cells, Distributed Antenna Systems, etc.) at lower elevations and inside buildings, directly in a device users’ line of sight. In addition to towers, we’re seeing carriers utilize all types of existing structures to repurpose as a wireless connectivity point—this includes retrofitting light poles, trash cans, and park structures to be hiding spots for antennas and hot spots for users to connect to in the areas they’re walking through daily. In addition, entire networks are moving closer to the “edge” to increase speeds and bandwidth to end users. We’ve also seen data centers begin to home multiple telecom/wireless network, cable, internet, and cloud access service providers. This shift is creating faster speeds and greater bandwidth by building dense and seamless connected networks that link service providers directly to local end users.

How is your business preparing for the future? Our experts at inRange are here to help. Whether you’re looking to develop a new site or modify an existing structure, our team of end-to-end specialists can create a custom telecom solution for your business. Contact us today for more information.

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