Small Cells: Preparing for the future of wireless

It’s an exciting time to work in the communications technology industry. More than ever, consumers and businesses are relying on mobile devices to connect to everyone and everything they can.

From January 2007 through December 2016, AT&T experienced a 250,000% increase in data usage on our network. And, as streaming video continues to become more prominent and new apps and services are introduced, this growth in data usage will continue to rise.

With this mounting pressure on the mobile network, AT&T is developing additional innovative ways to enhance its existing networks, prepare for the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) — and provide the best possible experience for our customers.

With these ends in mind, we need to make installing critical infrastructure, such as “small cells,” easier. By providing more targeted network capacity, small cells can make the wireless internet we depend on faster and more reliable.

Small cells help to bring the network "closer" to its users to deliver increased data capacity, faster connectivity speeds and an overall better wireless experience.

So far, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, Vermont and Virginia have passed smart, forward-looking legislation that will accelerate the deployment of small cells. California, North Carolina and Wisconsin are among the other states carefully considering small cell legislation to remove existing barriers and pave the way for providers to deploy small cells and upgrade wireless networks. And, in Delaware, small cell legislation passed in the state legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

In Georgia, AT&T is actively engaging with local governments across our state on the deployment of small cell infrastructure, working to provide the best possible experience today while laying the foundation for tomorrow’s wireless capabilities.

As we work to expand and implement this new technology across our network, some will undoubtedly ask, “What does the future hold for high-speed wireless internet?” The possibilities are endless. With increased connectivity speeds and network capacity, small cell deployment will help enhance and support a host of innovative services, such as telemedicine, connected cars, distance learning, smart homes, smart farms and even entire Smart Cities, with each contributing to a stronger, more connected Georgia.

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