Small cells are helping prepare Denver for the future by improving wireless connectivity and speed today.

Our plan is to upgrade Denver’s existing wireless infrastructure by deploying a small cell network of approximately 815 low-powered antennas called “nodes” that sit close to the ground and are connected by fiber optic cable which handle large amounts of data at high speeds. Looking ahead, these nodes can pave the way for next-generation networks such as 5G, which promise to turn innovations including autonomous vehicles and citywide data sharing into reality.

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Why Denver needs more wireless infrastructure.

With massive new economic development, a booming real estate market, and its new smart city initiative, Denver fits the profile of one of America’s “cities of tomorrow.” The region’s residential population is among the fastest growing in the nation. Industries such as aerospace, bioscience, telecommunications, energy, and IT are shaping Denver’s business landscape, making it a magnet for skilled workers. This new economic boom, beautiful mountains, and exciting entertainment have helped Denver set a new tourism record in 2016, welcoming 31.5 million total visitors. 

It’s no secret that the demand for mobile connectivity is growing exponentially in Denver, especially when it comes to public safety—today, 80 percent of 911 calls to police, firefighters, and other first responders are initiated on mobile phones. Small cell solutions, or “small cells,” are a key component of upgrading the city’s mobile broadband coverage and wireless capacity. 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 nodes 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 broadband service while keeping Denver’s character intact.

Northglenn, Thornton, Federal Heights

North Capitol Hill, Central Business District, Union Station, Five Points

Civic Center, Capitol Hill, Broadway South of Downtown

City Park, Congress Park, Colfax and Colorado

Colfax East of Monaco Parkway

Aurora - Expo Park, 1st Avenue South to East Mississippi West of 225

Aurora, Glendale, Alameda Avenue South to East Evans Avenue

Aurora, South Parker Road and Illif Avenue West of 225

City of Lakewood

Denver - Sloan's Lake, West Colfax South to 6th Avenue

The maps above show node locations in core regions. This is not a comprehensive view of all small cell sites.

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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 new broadband nodes 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.