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What is a small-cell network?
A small-cell network uses small radio equipment/antenna (which can range from the size of a pizza box up to a refrigerator) to provide high-band 5G coverage. Because high-band 5G is limited in range, it requires a higher density of small cells than 4G. The cost of small cells includes not just the equipment but also the effort to identify sites, negotiate with property owners and local governments, lease, install, and maintain the cells.