Fifth-generation technology has certainly endured its share.
Critics say it’s just a collection of incremental improvements, is being used as an excuse to restrict competition (for instance, by banning Chinese vendors from the US market), and will drive up prices.
Take a closer look at the new spectrum allocations being made in anticipation of 5G.
Network densification is another way to dramatically increase the capacity of mobile phone networks.
The FCC has adopted small cell rules that speed site approvals, simplify site preparation, and ensure local governments charge fair and reasonable site leasing fees.
However, many existing macro cell sites were converted to fiber backhaul as part of the upgrade to 4G, and that fiber can also be used to feed 5G small cells.