SAC helps customers build 5G networks

SAC is deploying the next-generation mobile technology – 5G – for customers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

In the SAC Engine Room®, employees are working to acquire sites for 5G base stations. In the field, SAC is building 5G cell sites in markets nationwide.

Customers are moving to 5G because it delivers more bandwidth to handle more devices. 5G also means lower latency (less delay) and greater capacity.

5G will support the Internet of Things and its specialized requirements. “Autonomous cars have to have zero latency,” says Cari Shyiak, CEO of SAC.

With low latency, 5G can connect devices to devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Among the devices 5G will connect are augmented reality, virtual reality, gaming, autonomous cars, robots, smart homes, smart offices, vending machines and more.

“In practical terms, for SAC, 5G will require significant densification and it will mean a lot of more in-building cells, working at lower heights and building a lot more access points,” Shyiak said.

Network density is one of the key differences between 4G and 5G, since 5G will support 500 times more devices in a given area than 4G can. 4G connects up to 2,000 devices per square kilometer, while 5G eventually will support up to 1 million devices per square kilometer.

Ultimately with 5G, “People will be streaming video freaky fast,” said Scott Pomykalski, SAC’s chief development officer.