In a 5G world, there will be less dependence on old-style antennas and tall masts. 5G uses a different part of wireless spectrum, with different characteristics, and needs different antennas. 5G transmissions are carried by millimeter waves that vary in length from 1 to 10 millimeters. Vast amounts of data can be sent over millimeter waves because they can be strung together in contiguous blocks. These characteristics of millimeter waves and 5G technology mean that the transmitter-receiver, or base station, is tiny when compared to a conventional cell phone base station or the behemoth broadcast facilities.

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