Small cells will provide new, fast connectivity speeds for 5G networks and capable devices, but 5G won't stop there. Macrocells and femtocells are also key to connect 5G networks
"Small cell technology has been touted as a major new development with 5G networks, but small cells aren't the only base stations that will provide 5G connectivity.
5G networks will also use macrocells -- such as cell towers -- for connectivity, and these larger base stations will enable lower 5G frequencies, compared to small cell's high-frequency millimeter wave (MM wave) capabilities. Carriers will also provide 5G femtocells for better in-home or SMB cellular coverage.
The differences among macrocells vs. small cells vs. femtocells are apparent in size, coverage and cost, but definitive plans for overall 5G coverage are still unknown, according to Michael Finneran, principal analyst and consultant at dBrn Associates Inc., a wireless advisory firm based in Hewlett Neck, N.Y..."