Small cells enhance wireless speed and reliability, helping Charleston stay competitive today—and prepare for the opportunities of tomorrow.

Our plan is to deploy a small cell network of 32 low-powered antennas called “nodes” across Charleston. The nodes sit close to the ground, are connected by fiber optic cable, and can handle large amounts of data at high speeds. We believe it’s an ideal approach for Charleston’s increasingly burdened wireless infrastructure—it promises to reduce network congestion significantly today, and to help the area prepare for next-generation networks and a wide variety of “smart city” innovations.

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Why Charleston needs more wireless infrastructure.

Charleston first rose to prominence as an 18th century seaport and the place where the Civil War started, yet the city is unquestionably modern today. Its economy has drawn heavyweights from the aerospace, biomedical, automotive, IT, healthcare, retail, and internet services industries. Charleston’s also been nicknamed “Silicon Harbor” for its booming tech startup scene. For quality of life, Charleston holds unique appeal among locals as well as the more than five million tourists who flock to its breathtaking architecture, renowned restaurants, and countless cultural attractions each year. 

Laid-back in feeling but bustling and dynamic in fact, Charleston’s demand for mobile data is growing exponentially—which makes an upgraded wireless infrastructure an urgent need. It’s even more critical for public safety—today, 80 percent of emergency calls to police, firefighters, and other first responders originate from mobile devices. Small cell solutions, or “small cells,” are a key component of fast, reliable wireless service. In Charleston and other major cities, small cells often are used to complement existing wireless infrastructure, such as towers, to add much-needed coverage and capacity.

Also, since small cells can be 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 Charleston’s character intact.

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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.