Las Vegas has rolled out an LTE, 5G-ready private municipal network as part of a four-part plan to democratise access to broadband connectivity and close the digital divide for its citizens.
In partnership with Terranet Communications, a provider of customised, fully integrated LTE and 5G-ready private broadband networks, and Baicells, a manufacturer of 4G LTE and 5G near radio (NR) end-to-end solutions, the aim is to transform Las Vegas into a 5G-ready smart city.
The companies report the new network, named Advanced Connectivity for Community and Economic Development (ACCED), was deployed in only 45 days.
Due to its success, a four-stage plan is in place to expand the wireless network across the entire city of Las Vegas and potentially neighbouring cities, with a goal of improving connectivity for other city services, including law enforcement, telehealth, and general IoT infrastructure.
City leaders tapped Terranet Communications to deploy the private network due to concern over the digital divide that many citizens and students faced as a result of the increased requirement for remote work and education caused by the onset of Covid-19.
At the time, upwards of 30,000 children did not have internet access and were struggling to remain connected to their schools and keep up with their classmates. Terranet and the City of Las Vegas chose Baicells’ Nova 436Q paired with indoor Atom CPEs to provide the city’s fixed-wireless LTE connections.
Terranet Communications’ private LTE, 5G-ready network was constructed for our specific requirements,” said Michael Sherwood, chief innovation officer at the City of Las Vegas.
“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.”
According to Terranet, its private networks use an extensive group of OEM infrastructure partners in conjunction with the company’s network design methodology to supply cities, governmental agencies, tribal lands and real estate organisations with wireless broadband that meets their specific immediate and projected needs.
“Setting up a private LTE network in Las Vegas was no small task. Our plug and play equipment made it possible for us to set up a proof-of-concept project in 45 days, and that was crucial to getting the network off the ground,” said Bob Stone, director of carrier solutions at Baicells North America.
“Terranet Communications was vital in making this happen alongside Baicells and we’re very excited to help close the digital divide and get the Las Vegas community the internet connectivity it deserves.”
“The world is recognising that broadband is as essential as other basic human needs,” added Bart van Aardenne, CEO and co-founder of Terranet Communications.
“Democratised access to connectivity can help elevate communities through improved access to important information and services and other quality-of-life programmes that increase equal access to information and services, improve living conditions and ensure no one is left behind.”