Shanghai brings public phone booths back to life as mini 5G base stations
Shanghai government has found a new way to give a second life to old telephone booths, making them small base stations for fifth-generation mobile communications.
In the near future, the authorities will begin installing 5G transceivers and other equipment in dozens of phone booths, which, with the advent of smartphones, have effectively become a relic of the past. The transformation will begin in the Jinan urban area.
Last year, China approved a plan to introduce 5G millimeter-wave networks, which are different from the traditional mobile radio spectrum. This will increase network throughput and data transfer rates, but such short waves are easily blocked by walls and buildings, reducing communications. One of the options for solving this problem is to install more base stations to form a denser network..
This is not Shanghai’s first project to modernize 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 issue of introducing 6G technologies. for technological excellence.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Shutterstock