Our plan to improve Miami's existing wireless infrastructure involves the deployment of a small cell network of approximately 531 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. As Miami continues to make strides toward becoming a "smart city" by pursuing urban automation, connected vehicles, and intelligent, sensor-based technologies, small cells can pave the way by ushering in next-generation networks such as 5G.

Why Miami needs more wireless infrastructure.

Miami is where a truly modern lifestyle is infused with dynamic Caribbean and Latin American influences. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area is home to nearly 5.5 million people, making it the fourth largest urban area in the US. In recent decades, it’s become one of the nation’s most dynamic centers of international commerce, culture, cuisine, entertainment, the arts, and international trade—to say nothing of the countless tourists drawn to its iconic beaches, 1940s-inspired architecture, and legendary nightlife each year. From its high-powered downtown area to neighborhood fiestas to the simple solitude of Key Biscayne to the natural splendor of Virginia Key, Miami offers something for everyone.                                    

However, Miami’s wireless infrastructure must keep up with exponentially increasing demands for data. Consider the example of public safety—80 percent of emergency calls to police, firefighters, and other first responders are now initiated on mobile devices. Small cell technology—or “small cells”—are central to the solution. Small cells can complement existing wireless infrastructure, such as towers, to add much-needed capacity in highly populated areas and coverage in suburban and rural locations.

Discover more about small cells and the benefits they'll bring to your community.

Where we're installing small cells.

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 Miami's character intact.

The map above shows proposed areas of activity in Miami.

Small cells in Florida.

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An existing small cell node

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An existing small cell node

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An existing small cell node

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An existing small cell node

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An existing small cell node

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About Crown Castle

Crown Castle owns, operates and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and more than 75,000 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.

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