We’ve been utilizing ‘small cells’ as a part of our cellular networks for a few years, however we all know you might need seen or heard some new details about them as we’ve continued to roll out and improve the know-how that we use. We’ve gathered your commonest questions on small cells right here, together with simple solutions.
What’s a small cell?
A small cell is a low powered radio transmitter for cell phone companies. Their small measurement makes them way more discreet. Telstra makes use of small cells to enhance protection, connectivity and buyer cellular expertise with out the necessity to construct as many massive cellular towers.
Why does Telstra want to put in small cells?
We’re utilizing cellphones greater than ever earlier than and now gadgets resembling good watches, tablets and computer systems are additionally connecting to the cellular community. There’s 60 instances extra visitors on the Telstra community at the moment than there was 10 years in the past.
Small cells are a approach that we are able to cater for that demand, cut back congestion and enhance connectivity with out having to construct extra towers.
Why am I instantly listening to about small cells?
Small cells will not be new. We’ve used them in our cities and suburbs for the reason that 2G period almost 30 years in the past. Now the brand new era of small cell know-how is accessible, Telstra is investing in it to enhance our community and supply higher cellular protection and connectivity for our prospects in excessive visitors areas.
What does a small cell appear like?
Small cells are sufficiently small that you just might need already seen one with out realising it.
They vary in measurement from a big shoebox to a cricket bat – a lot smaller than an everyday base station. Their small measurement permits them to be mounted on road lights or energy poles, to allow them to mix extra discreetly into their environment.
Right here’s what a typical small cell seems to be like, mounted on the sunshine pole to the precise of this picture:
It’s also possible to see a typical 5G small cell on the high of this phone pole:
Are small cells 4G or 5G?
Small cells could be both 4G or 5G, and even each. The truth is, we have now used 3G and even 2G small cells up to now.
How does Telstra determine the place to place them?
We use small cells in places the place there are many individuals utilizing our cellular community and the place the usage of a normal cellular base station may not be applicable. This could possibly be practice stations, buying centres and even suburban areas the place there may be excessive community visitors.
The small cells themselves are most frequently mounted on road lights, energy and even tram poles to take away the necessity for constructing new buildings.
What advantages do small cells supply me and my neighbourhood?
It’s best to discover a giant distinction after the set up of a Telstra small cell and may expertise higher connectivity and extra dependable cellular protection.
Are small cells harmful?
No. Telstra small cells use the identical frequencies as our present community, they’re simply smaller and use much less power. Telstra’s small cells are examined to the Authorities security requirements and are independently audited.
The place can I discover extra info?