5G Cell Tower Deployment
5G is the “fifth generation” of cellular networks. Hailed as a major technological breakthrough, 5G has the potential to provide peak download and upload speeds comparable to fiber connectivity, together with real-time responsiveness, while connecting a multitude of devices simultaneously. Additionally, 5G is intended to support new technologies such as autonomous vehicles and other use cases that will require near real-time connectivity.
Many 5G networks are created by installing multiple small cells, which complement large cell towers to provide seamless coverage. Small cells are frequently attached to utility poles, light poles, or buildings, and work collectively to create radio access networks (“RAN”) and transmit data via electromagnetic radio waves (radio frequency energy). The cells have a much shorter transmission range than traditional cell towers (typically 500 to 1,000 ft).
In contrast to the longer wavelengths associated with older wireless technologies (i.e., 3G and 4G), which allow macro-towers to be separated by miles, 5G will rely on shorter millimeter wavelengths that travel only short distances, and therefore require that small cell facilities be placed closer together.
The demand and need for high-speed data connectivity from residents, businesses, and visitors is on the rise with no end in sight. 5G is the latest approach to increase wireless capacity for smartphones and internet service.
Fishers continues its emergence as a leader and innovator. It is this type of innovation that will enable residents to experience gigabit speeds that were previously only available via costly fiber. The City plays an important role and is actively working to streamline the development processes and effectively and efficiently pave the way for innovators to implement technologies that will drive economic vitality and close access barriers and gaps to serve our diverse communities. Technologies like 5G promise to revolutionize the daily lives of people.
*Newly proposed facilities must adhere to the City’s reasonable aesthetic requirements. For example, facilities deployed along our major thoroughfares will generally match City infrastructure.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about 5G small cell tower deployment.
Neighborhood or Homeowners Associations may register to be notified by US Mail of any application for construction or placement of Small Cell facilities on new utility poles or support structures within the Association’s jurisdiction. To register, please email your Neighborhood/Homeowners Association mailing address and contact information.
Find information about the partnership which allows telecommunications providers to deploy this technology on city-owned facilities (i.e., traffic lights, signal poles, buildings).