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.

How will small cells improve my wireless service?

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.

Why Salt Lake needs more wireless infrastructure.

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.

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 Salt Lake City’s character intact.

The map above shows proposed areas of activity in Salt Lake City.

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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