Working closely with city staff, we're proposing an additional network of six 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. This network promises to ease congestion significantly, smooth the transition to 5G and other next-generation networks, and help Myrtle Beach roll out a variety of "smart city" innovations over time.

Why Myrtle Beach needs more wireless infrastructure.

One of the most popular coastal resort towns in the country, Myrtle Beach is more than just a great place to soak up some sun. Its metropolitan area, home to nearly 270,000 people, is also a world-class corporate hub for the aerospace, IT, and manufacturing industries—and its “pro-business” atmosphere is ideal for its startup community. It also receives an enviable number of tourists to attractions such as the Carolina Opry, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Hard Rock Park, and more than 250 golf courses during every season of the year. 

Fast, reliable wireless connectivity is essential for Myrtle Beach’s residents, businesspeople, and visitors alike—and here, the demand for mobile data is rising exponentially. A reliable mobile network is especially important for public safety, as 80 percent of all emergency calls to police, firefighters, and other first responders are made on mobile devices. Small cell solutions, or “small cells,” can provide a simple, effective foundation for upgrading Myrtle Beach’s wireless infrastructure, alleviating gaps in coverage and capacity and serving as a complement to cell towers and other wireless infrastructure.

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 Myrtle Beach’s character intact.

The map above shows proposed areas of activity in Myrtle Beach.

About Crown Castle

Crown Castle owns, operates and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and approximately 65,000 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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