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2/5/2019 | 4:11:19 PM
Is the number of qualified tower climbers really a limiting factor?
I don't think the number of tower climbers is going to affect 5G so miuch. Where it's being rolled out in sub-3 GHz, the number of antennas is not going to be vastly different than what's being used for 4G, 3G, etc. In the midband, 3GHz to 6 GHz, maybe. For the upper bands, the millimeter wave stuff that's going to require all these new antennas, those antennas aren't going to go on top of a 150-foot tower. That's because the signal wouldn't carry much past the foot of the tower. Those millimeter wave antennas are going to be installed on telephone poles or on the side of buildings. Crews can reach most all of those with a bucket truck. 

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