In terms of rapidly deploying a LTE/5G network, bets on Terranet Communications would have paid off big. According to Enterprise IOT Insights, the private network provider brought Las Vegas, NV up to speed in just 45 days, avoiding multiple delays and zoning confrontations in the process. Initially intended for students and educational pursuits, Terranet referred to the project as the “largest private municipal LTE/5G network” in the United States.
“We want to be known not just as the entertainment capital, but as the technology epicenter – with the right ecosystem to bring people and business together to create new opportunities,” said Michael Sherwood, chief innovation officer for Las Vegas. “Terranet’s private LTE network was constructed for our specific requirements. This network has allowed the city to provide a needed service for our students and citizens, while adding to the technologies that are part of our innovation hub.”
Terranet teamed up with open radio-access network (RAN) provider, Baicells, to put the pieces in place. In its own press, Baicells refers to its LTE and 5G technology as “disruptively priced and technically innovative.” The network will operate on the CBRS spectrum at 3.55-3.7 GHz. Though according to the source, whether the spectrum was secured on a priority access (PASL) or general access (GAA) licence is not easily discerned.
Sherwood spoke enthusiastically about the quick deployment, calling the fast rollout “unheard of in government.” He described the turnaround time of 45 days as a complete venture with the network “start-to-finish, turn-the-switch-on, up-and-running,” adding that everything was “flawless and smooth.”
While the city of Las Vegas initiated the LTE/5G network to “democratize broadband and close the digital divide,” according to Sherwood, it also has bigger plans for itself. Future designs for Las Vegas would turn it into a top flight smart city with IoT infrastructure eventually connecting police, telehealth, and functional city services throughout the metro area.