Utilities, Telcos in 5G Street Light Fight

Big wireless network operators like AT&T and Verizon are hungrily eying your neighborhood street light as the perfect home for their 5G small cell transmitters. After all, those light poles already offer a reliable source of electricity, and they’re often located in just the right place to push 5G signals into your home or office.

There’s just one big problem: The street light might fall over if the small cell is too heavy…

At least, that’s one of the central arguments that utility companies like Xcel and Southern Company are citing in their intensifying battle with the US wireless market over 5G and small cells.

Of course, if you ask the wireless industry, the real problem here boils down to money.