Wireless antennas link wireless users to the internet, the local telephone network, or another wireless network. Traditional wireless cell (or macro) towers are typically tall structures (sometime up to 150 to 200 feet tall), often located along highways. Today, there are roughly 150,000 towers across the country that transmit your data, , texts, or phone calls.
Wireless providers are increasingly deploying smaller antennas—called small cells—to power 4G and 5G networks. Small cells are approximately the size of a backpack and installed on utility poles, streetlights, and the sides of buildings.
Small cells can transmit from a few feet to a little under a mile and are an important tool that providers are using to improve network performance. To handle growing mobile data demands, hundreds of thousands of small cells will need to be installed in the next few years.