5G IS COMING TO A UTILITY POLE NEAR YOU

1/12

DAS and Small Cells are quickly emerging as the 5G rollout is underway across the country. GLIC Electrical Services is dedicated to supporting this movement by aligning with strategic partners that see the value of having an electrical contractor as a partner. With our growing fleet of Bucket Trucks, Derrick Diggers, and pole trailers, GLIC Electrical is positioning itself to be the contractor of choice when it comes to Small Cell installations.  

 

GLIC Electrical is fully licensed and performing installations in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. We offer complete build out services including foundations, power prep, and RF Build out complete with closeout pics. We have experience in all installations from standard wood pole direct bury to foundations with metal poles, street light poles, and even Integrated metal poles that provide total concealment.

If you are looking for help with the build out of the Charles Cabinet and 4G Omni/ CBRS Bracket build out, our prefab shop can help you out! We have pole trailers uniquely outfitted to have the ability to transport your small cell pole (almost completely assembled from our shop) directly to your job site. The ability to build out most of the pole in a controlled environment minimizes our actual on-site time. This translates to more installs in a shorter amount of time and reduced traffic control needed.

Whether you are looking for an electrical contractor to perform the power preps for your sites, or you are looking to ramp up your ability to complete more sites this year, give the GLIC Electrical team a call.

What Is 5G And Why Are We Installing It In Neighborhoods?

5G Intergrated metal pole install

Have you ever noticed that even when your device shows a signal, you are still not always able to connect? Why is that? People are streaming more content today like watching videos, listening to music, podcasts, chatting with their friends, and posting to social media. Many households also have multiple devices connected like smartphones, smart tv's, tablets, and smartwatches.

If you’ve ever had full bars on your device but can’t place a call or load a web page, you have coverage but not capacity. You are not having any issue connecting but for some reason your data is not getting through. The wireless signals that connect your towns towers to residents’ devices are only capable of carrying so much data at once. The more data people use on the network, the slower everyone’s connections become. To solve this problem, wireless providers are looking to find a way to add more wireless density to the networks that serve consumers.  

A 5G small cell network consists of a series of small low-powered antennas—sometimes called nodes—that provide coverage and capacity in a similar way to a tower, with a few important distinctions. Small cells are always connected by fiber optic cable and usually attached to an existing infrastructure in the public right of way like utility poles or streetlights. This makes them more discreet, while also bringing them closer to smartphones and other devices. Small cell nodes are similar to their larger tower counterparts as they communicate wirelessly over radio waves and then send the signals to the internet or phone system. One added benefit of small cells is that they are connected with fiber that are able to handle massive amounts of data at fast speeds. Wireless carriers use certain frequency bands to transmit their signals, if too many people are connected at once, data can slow down. By adding the new small cell nodes, wireless density is multiplied several times over. Each node is capable of sending and receiving the same amount of data as the tower, but since they cover a smaller geographic area, it’s much less likely that any one of them will get overwhelmed.

City’s that embrace this technology will also benefit from being able to employ new smart technologies, which have eased traffic congestion, aided first responders, and led to new efficiencies in the electrical grid, utility monitoring, and other public services. Many small cell towers even carry a separate radio exclusively for the police officers, firefighters, and paramedics so that they have the reliable, secure network they need to respond quickly.