Connectivity Wireless today announced a deployment of OnGo LTE Connectivity based on newly-available 3.5 GHz Citizen Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) in Times Square. This is one of the first publicly-announced deployments of CBRS services since the FCC announced the greenlight for CBRS initial commercial deployments (ICD) on September 19; it demonstrates the benefits of having openly-accessible, clean spectrum for LTE and future 5G use, according to the companies.
Connectivity Wireless partnered with Sky Connect Networks, Athonet, Federated Wireless, and Ruckus Wireless. The trial started on September 30, and will last until October 15.
Key applications shown on the Connectivity Wireless Times Square network will comprise:
- Video Cameras: Mobile and static video capture with AI-driven insights and machine learning for security, operations and enhanced visitor experience
- Public Safety: Reliable push-to-talk applications for security and operational management
- Voice: Secure, guaranteed voice and video calls on standard off-the-shelf smartphones such as the iPhone11
- Digital Signage: Digital signage that can be flexibly deployed without cabling to support real-time video and public advisory messages
- WiFi: Provide backhaul for WiFi access to allow densification of local WiFi networks and improved visitor experience
“This trial underscores our mission to promote economic development in Times Square by leveraging cutting-edge technology,” said Time Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “We believe CBRS holds the potential to help deliver greater levels of security and improve the experience of visitors and businesses through digital innovation.”
“We are excited to pioneer OnGo services on the CBRS spectrum deployment in Times Square,” said Nader Famili, SVP of Technology Planning and Development at Connectivity Wireless. “This trial will demonstrate Connectivity Wireless’ ability and commitment to deploy private LTE and IoT networks on the 3.5 GHz band using multiple uses cases.”
Times Square is one of the most iconic and heavily visited locations in the world, with visitors placing intense demands on public LTE networks and available WiFi spectrum. This has made it challenging for both carriers and private parties including retailers and hospitality providers to provide reliable connectivity for digital technologies that keep visitors and residents safe, including new AI-led automation technologies that require pervasive digital connectivity.
October 8, 2019