We're working to supplement Seattle's existing wireless infrastructure by deploying a small cell network of 426 low-powered antennas called “small cells” that are connected by fiber optic cable and can handle large amounts of data at high speeds. Small cells can pave the way next-generation networks, such as 5G, which promise to deliver innovations, including smart city technology and autonomous vehicles.

Why Seattle needs more wireless infrastructure.

Wireless connectivity is particularly essential to Seattle’s economy, helping to power the area’s booming tech community. With an estimated population of more than 745,000 people—as well as tens of millions of tourists and visitors exploring the city each year—Seattle’s demand for mobile data is growing exponentially.

However, increased data usage places a burden on wireless infrastructure, especially when it comes to public safety; 80 percent of 911 calls are placed from a mobile phone, and a reliable network is critical to first responders. The time to upgrade and enhance the city’s wireless coverage and capacity is now, and small cells are a necessary and key component. Small cells are often used to complement existing wireless infrastructure, such as towers, to add much-needed capacity in highly-populated areas like Seattle.

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 Seattle's character intact.

The map above shows proposed areas of activity in Seattle.

Small cells in Seattle.


Existing infrastructure


Existing infrastructure


About Crown Castle

Crown Castle owns, operates and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and approximately 90,000 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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