Small cells boost wireless coverage and capacity to meet Long Island's current needs and future growth.

It’s our vision to modernize Long Island’s existing wireless infrastructure by deploying a small cell network of 219 proposed 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. Also, small cells can pave the way for next-generation networks such as 5G, which can help towns throughout Long Island make inroads with “smart city” innovations including autonomous vehicles and citywide data sharing. 

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Why Long Island needs more wireless infrastructure.

Home to more than 2.8 million people as of 2016, Nassau and Suffolk have a combined population that’s greater than 38 US states. While countless commuters still travel to and from Manhattan for work each day, Long Island’s economy is showing signs of steady growth in its own right, led by industries such as construction, manufacturing, transportation, biotechnology, finance, and healthcare. You’ll find plenty of attractions for locals and tourists alike across the Island’s neighborhoods, as well. There’s the upscale yet family-friendly atmosphere of Garden City; Hempstead’s historic landmarks, state parks, and museums; and Oyster Bay’s pristine beaches. 

Yet even with so many people and so much going on, Long Island’s wireless infrastructure is still lacking and the demand for mobile data keeps growing exponentially. Long Island’s wireless infrastructure is under immense pressure, especially considering public safety—80 percent of emergency calls are placed from mobile devices—and a fast, reliable network is critical in providing access to police officers, firefighters, and other first responders. Fortunately, small cell solutions, or “small cells,” can be used to enhance existing wireless infrastructure (such as towers) to add much-needed coverage and capacity. 

"When an emergency strikes, having wireless infrastructure to support connectivity is essential for residents who depend on smartphones and tablet devices to reach their loved ones.  With over 80 percent of 911 calls now made from cell phones, wireless connectivity is a necessity that gives us a lifeline during the most critical times." 

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone

Finally, 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 staff from communities and villages in Nassau and Suffolk counties, we plan to enable improved wireless carrier service while keeping Long Island’s local charm intact.

Nassau County

Suffolk County

View photo simulations of proposed small cell 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.