Connectivity Wireless Deploys CBRS Trial in Times Square
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 | Comments

Connectivity Wireless today announced a pioneering deployment of OnGo Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity based on the 3.5 GHz Citizen Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) in Times Square in New York City.

The trial 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 16, and demonstrates the benefits of having openly accessible, clean spectrum for LTE and future 5G use. Connectivity Wireless partnered with Athonet, Federated Wireless, CommScope and Sky Connect Networks in deploying the new network.

“This trial underscores our mission to promote economic development in Times Square by leveraging cutting-edge technology,” said Tim 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.”

Times Square is one of the most iconic and heavily visited locations in the world, with visitors placing intense demands on carrier LTE networks and available Wi-Fi spectrum. These demands have made it challenging for both carriers including retailers and hospitality providers to provide reliable connectivity for digital technologies that keep visitors and residents safe. With new OnGo connectivity on CBRS bands, Connectivity Wireless and its partners will show how simple, agile and cost-effective it is to deploy high-performance LTE networks on clean spectrum for operational and critical communications.

“We are excited to pioneer OnGo services on the CBRS spectrum deployment in Times Square,” said Nader Famili, senior vice president 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.”

The trial started on September 30 and will last until October 15.

Key applications shown on the Connectivity Wireless Times Square network will include:
• Video Cameras. Mobile and static video capture with artificial intelligence (AI)-driven insights and machine learning for security, operations and enhanced visitor experience
• Public Safety. Reliable push-to-talk (PTT) applications for security and operational management
• Voice. Secure, guaranteed voice and video calls on standard off-the-shelf smartphones such as the iPhone 11
• Digital Signage. Digital signage that can be flexibly deployed without cabling to support real-time video and public advisory messages
• Wi-Fi. Provide backhaul for Wi-Fi access to allow densification of local Wi-Fi networks and improved visitor experience

“We are delighted to partner with a pioneering player like Connectivity Wireless to demonstrate the benefits of OnGo on clean CBRS spectrum in Times Square for digital innovation and security,” said Nanda Menon, director of corporate development at Athonet. “We are pleased to enable Connectivity Wireless with our connectivity platform that will allow them to deploy, scale and manage multiple sites and use-cases in an agile and IT-friendly way.”

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