Small cells give Charlotte's wireless networks the speed and reliability they need for the future.
We’re seeking to supplement Charlotte’s existing wireless infrastructure by deploying a small cell network of approximately 100 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. Small cells can pave the way for next-generation networks such as 5G, which promise to expand “smart city” innovations including autonomous vehicles and citywide data sharing.
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Why Charlotte needs more wireless infrastructure.
Charlotte is one of America’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. The Queen City and its surrounding communities added more residents last year than all but 10 US cities—and it’s by far the most populous locale in the Carolinas, with 7.4 million people living within a 100-mile radius. Charlotte also has emerged as a dynamic economic hub; 291 companies on the Fortune 500 have one or more facilities there.
From Charlotte’s central business district to its satellite commercial areas and historic neighborhoods, the demand for mobile data is growing exponentially—and it’s critical that the city enhance its wireless coverage and capacity. It’s especially important when you consider public safety; today, 80 percent of emergency calls to police, firefighters and other first responders originate from mobile phones. Small cell solutions, or “small cells,” are a key component of reliable service. Small cells are often used to complement existing wireless infrastructure, such as towers, to add much-needed capacity in highly populated areas.
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 Charlotte’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.