Small Cells Get Hoover Switched On for 5G


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What Hoover City Councilor Mike Shaw calls “small cell towers” are popping up all over Hoover, AL. Shaw estimates that there are more than 80 of the towers in Hoover now, bolstering the signals of various carriers. But the move isn’t just about improving signal strength, it is also about setting the city up for the future. 

“The old towers are getting overwhelmed, particularly in areas of high traffic like we see in Hoover,” Shaw told WIAT-TV.

The carriers “are deploying the small cells to cover and make up the difference in the capacity.” When watching television, it’s hard to miss the commercials advertising the new 5G cell service that is in the process of being rolled out, according to WIAT-TV. Shaw says the sites are required for 5G service to operate, which is why he believes Hoover will be poised to take advantage of the new technology.  

“It’s fiber optic speeds through the air going to your phone,” said Shaw. “Smart cars and all things we hear about are going to rely on this 5G technology, so we wanted to make sure that Hoover was the first to get 5G.”

Shaw tells WIAT-TV that thanks to a passed ordinance, new towers can be built in Hoover quickly. Shaw estimates that the city could have over 100 of them by the second quarter of 2020.

November 1, 2019

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