Small cells provide better connectivity, improve safety, and make Dallas more competitive.
Today, working in partnership with city staff, we’re proposing a much-needed upgrade to the wireless infrastructure in Dallas. It involves the deployment of a small cell network of 183 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. These nodes can enhance wireless network performance significantly, help Dallas transition to next-generation networks such as 5G, and usher in “smart city” innovations for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
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Why Dallas needs more wireless infrastructure.
Dallas is the quintessential Texas city; it’s sprawling and self-assured, cosmopolitan and confident, growing yet “grassroots.” Home to an estimated 1.3 million people, it’s where gleaming skyscrapers stand shoulder-to-shoulder with eclectic neighborhoods and suburban commercial districts. Its metropolitan area ranked first in a recent list of the best areas in the nation for jobs, ensuring that Dallas will remain a magnet for highly skilled talent in industries such as IT, defense, finance, life sciences, telecommunications, and transportation. And it draws tens of millions of tourists each year to its seemingly endless array of professional sports, family-friendly offerings, Southwestern-inspired cuisine, and cultural venues.
Fast, reliable wireless connectivity is essential to nearly every facet of life in Dallas, and it’s particularly important for public safety—80 percent of all emergency calls to police, firefighters and first responders now originate on mobile devices. Every day, the city’s demand for mobile data seems to grow exponentially, placing a crushing burden on the existing wireless infrastructure. Small cell solutions, or “small cells,” can help expand network coverage, complementing Dallas' existing cell towers and other wireless infrastructure.
Better yet, small cells are designed to be inconspicuously installed on right of way infrastructure such as street signs, utility poles and streetlights—meaning they can blend seamlessly into their surroundings and preserve the aesthetics of the urban landscape in and around Dallas. In other words, they’re an ideal way to improve wireless carrier service while keeping the bold yet welcoming character of the city 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.