Do you feel like your IG live workouts are running slow now that everyone is home and scrolling social media on their phone? With the increase in traffic since Covid-19 shelter in place orders the wireless companies are testing the limits of their networks. Verizon reported increased usage in Coronavirus hotspots. They have promised to prioritize hospitals and first responders on their networks. Which is exactly what we want, both as consumers and as an industry, but is it enough? With the ongoing concerns about reopening business and with more businesses moving online to communicate internally and with consumers as the “new normal”, do we need more network?

We have seen the trends as more individuals use their smartphones as…a phone. Zoom and Houseparty capture headlines, but AT&T reported an increase of 19% in the use of core products which include Wireless usage. AT&T made a similar promise to add network capacity in areas with sudden surges in use, but that is a temporary fix. With the long-term solution being more spectrum and better coverage for the densely populated areas.

The question is whether a macro or a micro site is needed for an area? A macro cell site allows for a larger area for radio coverage however it must be secured higher than other existing structures to function properly. Macro sites if engineered and located correctly, can help provide network coverage for a large area helping to spread cell service to expanding suburbs. While micro sites cover a smaller area, they offer a might punch. Operating in the operator licensed spectrum, these sites allow a wireless provider to bring 5G to big cities. Micro sites create a web utilizing outdoor and indoor antennae to provide more capacity for a wireless network in a densely populated area.

It is incredibly important to work with a team of qualified engineers when developing a site plan and engineers should be licenced in the state. You want to make sure the team managing your investment in DAS, micro or macro placement, is able to provide the network range and capacity your wireless network needs to thrive in this unprecedented time.

Aria Services is ready to join your small cell team, our team offers, construction and zoning drawings, iBwaveTM Design, radio frequencies integration and optimization, along with floor and rooftop structural analysis. Aria Services is comfortable working with clients remotely to fully plan and execute on their small cell needs. We have proven experience previously working with Verizon on small cell sites in our home state of Texas and the 5 Windstream microsite sites in North Dakota. Aria Services has engineers licensed in 49 states including Hawaii to help provide you with expert engineering from our homes in Houston. We are here to help you complete your Small Cell, DAS, femtocells, picocells, Macro and Micro Site projects, efficiently and accurately, saving you time and hassle during Covid-19.