With the growing demand of 4G and 5G services, the companies are in efforts to provide the same to their maximum capacity, raise the requirement to mount additional cellular towers all around, apparently not wanted by anyone to be surrounded by.
To tackle the issue of cellular towers scattering in major areas of cities, Vodafone in UK, working with Ericsson, has came up with surprisingly useful solution for hiding its 4G and 5G equipment by attaching it under the covers of manholes in city areas which radiates signals from ground level to upward direction.
Enabling radio signals to travel farther with less physical interference, preferring points well above the ground levels like streetlight poles or rooftops to mount their cellular equipment is in practice by wireless service providers. For maintaining standard of maximum distance of 500 feet between two cells, companies rushing to mount their small backpack sized cells of 5G networks in public places have now been facing the places that are unwilling or at least reluctant to mount these equipments.
The Financial Times reported that Ericsson for the mounting of equipment at ground level has came up with two alternatives of placing the 5G antennas inside a barrel-shaped attachment with rough and tough top or attaching them under the cast iron manhole covers. Subject to interference created by the running around vehicles, these antennas, even at ground level, can radiate the wireless signals across an area of more than 500 feet radius.
Unlike small cell towers, manhole based solution of Vodafone, will not only be providing it quickly enhance its 5G capacity in major cities, but also there is no apparent requirement to get permission from city planners to mount these underground cells in manholes as it is already has control over several thousand manholes in major cities across UK.