Small cells boost wireless coverage and capacity to meet Baltimore's current needs and future growth.
We’re seeking to enhance Baltimore’s existing wireless infrastructure by deploying a small cell network of low-powered antennas called “nodes” that sit close to the ground, are connected by fiber optic cable, and can handle large amounts of data at high speeds. To date, 524 node locations have been constructed, supporting one, two and sometimes three wireless carrier tenants with another 583 locations planned. Further, as Baltimore takes strides toward becoming a “smart city,” small cells can usher in next-generation networks such as 5G, which can in turn make innovations such as citywide data sharing and autonomous vehicles possible.
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Why Baltimore needs more wireless infrastructure.
Maryland’s largest city and the center of a metropolitan area of more than 2.7 million people, Baltimore is a dynamic confluence of cultures and neighborhoods. It’s where past meets present, as skyscrapers sit just blocks away from brick rowhouses and historic buildings. Where industrial sectors including finance, healthcare, creative services, logistics, and manufacturing are revitalizing the local economy. And where the world-famous Inner Harbor draws tens of millions of tourists each year to cultural events, five-star restaurants, professional sports, and outdoor activities. Sophisticated yet neighborly, Baltimore has something for everyone.
The demand for mobile data is growing exponentially in Baltimore—and faster, more reliable wireless connectivity is essential not only for personal and professional convenience, but for public safety. In fact, 80 percent of 911 calls are placed from a mobile device, and a reliable network is critical in providing access to police officers, firefighters, and first responders. Small cell solutions, or “small cells,” are a key component to upgrading and enhancing Baltimore’s existing wireless infrastructure (such as towers) by adding much-needed coverage and capacity.
Also, since small cells often are inconspicuously installed on right of way infrastructure like street signs, utility poles, and streetlights, they blend into their surroundings and preserve the aesthetics of their environment. Working in partnership with city staff, we plan to enable improved wireless carrier service while keeping Charm City’s character intact.
Baltimore City - Planned nodes
Baltimore City - Constructed nodes
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About Crown Castle
Crown Castle owns, operates and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and approximately 60,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cells and fiber solutions across every major US market. This nationwide portfolio of communications infrastructure connects cities and communities to essential data, technology and wireless service—bringing information, ideas and innovations to the people and businesses that need them.