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I don't know if this is the right place to post this but I heard through the grapevine that dishes building 500 feet Towers in the Charlotte area for 5G does anyone know about this

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There is no way anyone is going to install 500 foot towers for any new generation of cellular service. If anything, they will be putting them everywhere on existing structures. The newer tech does not work well over long distance.
 

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5G “towers” are to be 500-1,000 feet apart.

More warts on streetlamps. We already have abandoned warts around here.


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There is no way anyone is going to install 500 foot towers for any new generation of cellular service. If anything, they will be putting them everywhere on existing structures. The newer tech does not work well over long distance.

That kind of depends on how they are building their network. If they are using their 600Mhz and other Low Band spectrum as distribution points to feed their Mid band spectrum access points, then it might make sense to put up some 500 foot tall distribution towers. Of course, that is just conjecture on my part. Who the heck knows what they are really doing?

Remember, this is Narrow Band stuff. It doesn't need the high frequencies to get fat throughput because it won't be fat traffic.
 
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The 500' to 1000' is not height, it is the distance between towers. As 5G is being rolled out in McAllen TX, the concept is a wireless replacement for copper cable to homes, not a new high speed wireless to mobile devices.
 
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The 500' to 1000' is not height, it is the distance between towers. As 5G is being rolled out in McAllen TX, the concept is a wireless replacement for copper cable to homes, not a new high speed wireless to mobile devices.

As ncted noted, the 500-1000 ft radius is for the higher frequencies most providers will be using. The 600 Mhz band will have much greater range and wall penetration. If I remember correct T-Mobile bought up a bunch of that band license
 
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As ncted noted, the 500-1000 ft radius is for the higher frequencies most providers will be using. The 600 Mhz band will have much greater range and wall penetration. If I remember correct T-Mobile bought up a bunch of that band license

Yeah, and they've been deploying it on existing towers for the most part, so they are not actually getting quite the range increase they led people to expect, although I think there is still only one phone that even does 600MHz a dozen or so phones, so their updated coverage maps which include the 600MHz spectrum aren't accurate for the vast majority of their customers.
 
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Last I looked, there were over a dozen phones that use 600MHz/band 71. That includes the latest iPhones.

T-Mobile has deployed band 71 in about 2,000 places so far. Ahead of schedule.


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Last I looked, there were over a dozen phones that use 600MHz/band 71. That includes the latest iPhones.

T-Mobile has deployed band 71 in about 2,000 places so far. Ahead of schedule.


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Oops. I stand corrected. The 2018 iPhones do support it. I must have misread that somewhere. Still, it isn't the panacea they claimed it would be, but any improvement is appreciated.
 

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As more TV stations vacate their frequencies, it will spread. This year will see great expansion. All the frequencies will be available next year (mid year?).

It certainly is expanding T-Mobile coverage. Filling in a lot of holes.


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As more TV stations vacate their frequencies, it will spread. This year will see great expansion. All the frequencies will be available next year (mid year?).

It certainly is expanding T-Mobile coverage. Filling in a lot of holes.


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I am sure it will help a lot in the long run, but they don't even show any projected change in coverage due to it in central NC, which is disappointing for me personally. I'd like to have another option that will work.
 
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