Better wireless connectivity can help make historic Salt Lake City even more modern.
Known to many as “the crossroads of the West,” Salt Lake City is where a business-friendly economy and a booming technology sector intersect with an ideal quality of life and a flourishing tourism and recreation industry. Approximately 2.3 million people live and work in Salt Lake City and the surrounding metropolitan area, and the numerous ski resorts and national parks close to the city attract a significant number of visitors each year.
Here, the need for fast, reliable wireless connectivity is growing exponentially for personal use, for workplace productivity—and particularly in the area of public safety, with 80 percent of all emergency calls to police, firefighters and other first responders now originating on mobile phones. Small cell solutions, or “small cells,” are a key component of expanding mobile coverage and capacity. Small cells are often used to complement existing wireless infrastructure, such as towers, to add much-needed capacity in highly populated areas.
Today, we’re proposing a much-needed upgrade to Salt Lake City’s existing wireless infrastructure. It involves the deployment of a small cell network of approximately 126 low-powered antennas called “nodes” that sit closer to the ground than traditional cell towers, are connected by fiber optic cable and can handle large amounts of data at high speeds.
Salt Lake City
South Salt Lake City, Millcreek & Murray
Midvale & Cottonwood Heights
View photos of small cell installations similar to those proposed for Salt Lake City.
Small cells can provide immediate enhancements to Salt Lake City’s mobile coverage today—and help ease the transition to next-generation networks such as 5G, which will make innovations from autonomous vehicles to citywide data sharing possible.
In addition, small cells carry the benefit of blending into their surroundings and preserving the aesthetics of their environment. That’s because they can be inconspicuously installed on right of way infrastructure like street signs, utility poles and streetlights. Working in partnership with city staff, we plan to enable improved wireless carrier service while keeping all the history and character of the Salt Lake City area intact.
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About Crown Castle
Crown Castle owns and operates approximately 40,000 cell towers and 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.