Las Vegas Seeks Wireless Solutions for High Traffic Strip
One thing visitors to Las Vegas do not want to gamble on is poor wireless; As millions of tourists visit Sin City each year, the demand for wireless data has increased tremendously. Clark County is looking into ways to provide solutions for wireless devices, including traditional cell sites and small cell devices, reports Casino.org. The key to expanding wireless connectivity in Las Vegas appears to be small cells, according to Casino.org. Currently, the city has roughly 90 small cell boxes installed on the south side of the city, with the potential of carriers installing more in the near future.
“Small cells are used to densify the network by bringing the wireless signal closer,” AT&T Director of External Affairs Sandra Morgan told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in a recent interview. Indeed, there are roughly 100 streetlight poles that do not currently hold any small cell boxes or wireless equipment that could be used for small cell deployment. Also, bridges and bus stop shelters could be used along the Strip to deploy small cell technology. Solving the issue of wireless connectivity is an “imperative concern,” according to the article. The city is a hugely popular tourist attraction, as well as a host city for several conferences and conventions.