Shanghai’s old telephone booths will turn into 5G mini-stations
The Shanghai administration has found a new way to give a second life to old telephone booths, making them a small base station for fifth-generation mobile communications.
In the near future, authorities will begin to install 5G transceivers and other equipment in dozens of telephone boxes, which, with the advent of smartphones, have become a relic of the past. The transformation will begin with the Jinan urban area.
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Last year, China approved a plan for the introduction of 5G networks with a millimeter wave range, which are different from the traditional mobile radio spectrum. This will increase network bandwidth and data transfer speed, but such short waves are easily blocked by walls and buildings, which reduces communication. One of the solutions to this problem is to install more base stations to form a denser network.
This is not Shanghai’s first project to upgrade telephone booths, as some of them are already distributing Wi-Fi.
Despite the fact that the first 5G networks were launched only in November 2019, the Chinese military has already begun to discuss the introduction of 6G technologies to obtain technological superiority.