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Range of a 5G cell antenna

The wireless carriers, aka telecommunications companies or telecoms, often make the false statement that because they use higher frequency and shorter wavelength, 5G cell antennas have a much shorter range than 4G cell antennas and towers, something like 300 – 500′ or even shorter.

That is a lie.  It is their lie to mislead and deceive city planners (city councils and their staffs) and cause them to issue permits for putting up way more 5G cell antennas than are really needed for the provision of cell phone service.

According to Verizon the range of a cell antenna is 2,000′ to 3,000′.  Their CEO said the range is 2,000′ but a Verizon engineer demonstrated that the range is 3,000′.

You may ask, “So what?”  Good question.

There is no reason for any city to allow 5G cell antennas any closer than 4,000′ from the nearest cell antenna OR any closer than 2,000′ from the nearest home.   That is using the 2,000′ range from the Verizon CEO.  If you use the 3,000′ range from the Verizon field engineer, Jason L., those distances are increased to 6,000′ in between any 2 cell antennas and 3,000′ between a cell antenna and the nearest home.

There are 2 video clips on this page.  One is an excerpt from an interview with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and the other is an excerpt from a video of a Verizon engineer demonstrating the range of a 5G signal.

Verizon CEO McAdam says 5G has a range of greater than 2,000′.  The interviewer asks whether it will be necessary to have 5G cell antennas “25 feet from my house”, which is what the telecoms have been pressuring cities all over the U.S. to allow them to do.  Implicit in McAdam’s answer is NO!

In a separate video clip Jason L., a Verizon engineer, demonstrates that a Verizon 5G cell antenna has a range of 3,000′.

In a CNBC exclusive interview in 2018 Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam was asked several questions about the 5G cell antenna technology including the range of their 5G antennas.

The title of the video is “Verizon CEO On The Future Of 5G CNBC.”  Scroll down to watch it.

Starting at 5:29 in the video the interviewer asks Mr. McAdam, “Can you get through trees?  Can you get through leaves?  Can you actually get somewhere were you don’t need cell sites ev, you know 25 feet from my house?”

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam:  “Yeah well those were some of what I call the myths of millimeter wave, because no one thought that was good, and by the way we’re the only ones that have it now so it’s to their advantage to say it’s no good.”

“When [Verizon] went out in these 11 [5G test] markets, we tested for well over a year,
so we could see every part of foliage and every storm that went through. We have now
busted the myth that [5G frequencies] have to be line-of-sight — they do not. We busted
the myth that foliage will shut [5G] down . . . that does not happen.
And the 200 feet
from a home? We are now designing the network for over 2,000 feet from
transmitter to receiver
, which has a huge impact on our capital need going forward.
Those myths have disappeared.”

Jason L., Verizon Field Engineer:

“[Verizon 5G] is really high frequency [28,000 MHz and 39,000 MHz], so everybody
thinks it doesn’t go very far, but it’s a really big pipe and so that’s what allows you to
gain the super fast speeds . . We’re 3,000 feet away from our radio node. the cool thing
about this is that we did not move the radio node. It’s pointing down to serve the
customers in that area ” . . . here
even 3,000 feet away, we’re still getting 1,000
[Megabits per second] speeds
. . . So now we’ve driven about 1/3 of a mile away [1,760
feet ]
from the radio node. we are still getting very good speeds even though we have
foliage in between [800 Megabits per second]


Lowell McAdam knows what he is talking about much better than the lower level Verizon employees, especially salesmen, and other hacks.  McAdam is well aware that there are buildings, houses and trees in U.S. cities.  People live in houses or apartments and work in buildings.  He knows that.  And that there are trees with leaves in U.S. cities.  Remember this 2,000′ range is based on well over a year of Verizon testing in 11 U.S. cities.  That is all built into the 2,000’ range on which Verizon is “designing the network”.  Verizon has taken that into account.

Verizon wouldn’t “design the network” based on optimal or perfect conditions.  Right?  Does that make sense to you, Council Members?  You “design the network” based on taking into account the full range of real world situations, various obstructions such as trees and buildings that are in every city.  The interviewer asked him if 5G can get through trees and leaves and McAdam’s answer was that “[Verizon is] now designing the network for over 2,000’ from transmitter to receiver.”  That takes into account everything, the full range of real world situations in cities.

The same quoted statements are also contained in these longer videos.

CNBC: 6/25/18 — Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam, on The Future of 5G

Verizon: 5/23/18 — The Power (and Reach) of 28 GHz and 39 GHz Millimeter Waves