landscape in cities is changing rapidly. They are challenged with issues around
the following items:
A long time ago, you
could make a phone call using a phone booth. I especially recall the red
telephone booths used in the United Kingdom. After the cellphone was
introduced, no longer were the famous red telephone booths (or any phonebooths)
needed to make calls.
CLICK TO TWEET: Jan Honig explains that with 5G implementation, densification of small cells using smart poles will be needed.
same scenario is about to happen with the lamp posts. The first lamp posts
required a lamplighter to light each lamp. Now, they use LED bulbs. All
sorts of benefits come with the use of LEDs such as energy/cost savings and longer
lifespans. Exit the phonebooths and lamp poles and enter the smart pole where
the functionality of a streetlight (producing light) will remain but other functions
will be added to the pole.
A smart pole is slowly being introduced to our cities to
be used for communication purposes. In the not-to-distant future, 90% of the
equipment loaded on or in these smart poles will be communication related. The
remaining 10% might be used by the lighting. The communication requirements for
a smart pole will cover some of the following elements:
- Security technology
- Networking technology
- Power technology
- Communication technology
- IoT technology
question regarding the smart poles will be the ownership of the infrastructure.
For years this infrastructure was owned by the local government. This meant
high costs for the city. With huge investments to come and replacing standard
lights with LEDs, the local government is looking for a different business case.
Investors are discussing the possibility of smart poles as a service with city
officials. The idea is that these investors will buy the current pole
infrastructure from the local government and lease it back. For any future
added services, a revenue sharing model will be agreed upon. This way the smart
pole becomes a revenue generating vehicle for the city.
implementation on the horizon, densification of small cells using smart poles
will be needed.
raises the question with the local government: what will my street look like
with all these smart poles equipped with so much gear? Consultancy firms have been
given the task to examine this and come with a recommendation.
CommScope, we believe that integrated poles with the mentioned technologies that
can be shared among the providers of the various services is a "smart" way forward in