SureCall White Paper: The Role of Boosters in Densifying mmWave 5G Networks
When it comes to striking a balance between delivering on the multiGbps speeds expected from 5G and the capex-intensive process of deploying millimeter wave (mmWave) small cells, operators have a difficult task. While early criticisms around the viability of mmWave 5G–line-of-sight conditions, oxygen absorption, rain fade, and device compatibility among others–have been worked out through testing and product iteration, there is a very real challenge around focusing precious capital dollars in locations where mmWave 5G makes economic sense.
With the commercial introduction of mmWave 5G network signal boosters, operators now have a new tool to leverage as they expand the reach of 5G in both outdoor and in-building environments. And because a booster, as compared to a gNodeB, doesn’t require pulling fiber to a site or a protracted on-site construction process, coverage expansion using network signal boosters comes at a much lower price point related to both capex and opex.