These setups consist of a Nokia Mini Macro 2.5 eNB pole mounted on a macro site connected to sector antennas. Each mini macro is capable of up to 40 MHz of total LTE spectrum for 20+20 B41 carrier aggregation and are now being utilized to bring 2.5 on air if 8T8R equipment is unavailable or does not make monetary sense.
Nokia Mini Macro 2.5 Triband Antenna on Ericsson NV Macro (note decaport triband antenna & Nokia Mini Macro)
Nokia Mini Macro 2.5 on Ericsson NV Macro
(note 2 coax rf jumpers coming off the top of the eNB)
Nokia Mini Macro 2.5 on Samsung NV Macro
Nokia Mini Macro 2.5 on Alcatel-Lucent NV Macro
Verizon is / was deploying the Ericsson 5GTF backend systems which is their proprietary 5G pre NR standards setup.
The M-mimo equipment on cell towers / light poles are dual mode 5GTF and NR capable. So it's fairly simple for them to just "flip the switch" (simple terms).
They had built a completely new standalone system for 5GTF that doesn't really interact with their extensive LTE EPC hence why they can go full stack NR rather than mixed which most carriers will be going with.
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