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In T-Mobile Wireless Equipment Dispute, San Francisco Wins on Aesthetics

Sept. 20, 2016, 10:48 AM

A San Francisco court’s decision to set aesthetic controls on wireless equipment installation by T-Mobile U.S. Inc. and other wireless companies could have a major impact on the roll-out of 5G networks.

The decision addressed a key matter for the future of wireless equipment infrastructure deployment, as telecommunications carriers and cities seek greater connectivity and are preparing for the installation of 5G wireless networks, which will feature faster internet connection speeds and other improvements. Those networks—expected to be operational by 2020—will underpin the “internet of things” (IoT), in which billions of devices are connected to one another. Many cities hope...

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