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Small cell phone towers are popping up around Indianapolis

Posted at 12:53 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 15:15:24-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Have you seen these poles around Indy and wondered what they were? They're not street lights. They are cell phone towers.

The small cell tower sites, or micro sites, are going up in residential areas that have "bad" cell service.

According to Steve Van Dinter of Verizon, the towers create a small cell of coverage and capacity and are particularly beneficial in urban, densely populated areas. 

The small cell also has a power line and a fiber connection.

Van Dinter says Verizon has 25 of these small cells outside of IMS to help handle the cell traffic from hundreds of thousands of people that attend the Indy 500.

There is also technology inside the speedway to handle the additional capacity.

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