Geoverse Trials CBRS Host Network at Orlando Resort
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | Comments

Geoverse announced that it will deploy a pilot for a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)-based neutral host network with Caribe Royale Orlando, a luxury resort and major event center in Orlando, Florida.

Caribe Royal is the largest all-suites property in Central Florida with more than 1,300 suites and 220,000 square feet of meeting and convention space for hosting large numbers of visitors and events each year. They continue to seek out ways to continue improving the guest experience and ultimately to be positioned as a premier meetings and conventions venue in Orlando.

As a result, Caribe Royale will deploy a private cellular network from Geoverse that includes support of a CBRS-based neutral host capability. Caribe Royale is leveraging Geoverse and this trial to help them drive their strategy around delivering enhanced connectivity across the expansive property to not only serve guests and staff but also to introduce new use cases.

A neutral host solution is a single wireless network that can support or “host” users from multiple wireless carriers so that any carrier customer can have reliable connectivity and a quality online experience at the venue. These solutions operate today at thousands of properties that see a variety and volume of users including hotels, sports venues, commercial office spaces, hospitals, universities, airports and more. Additionally, a CBRS-based neutral host can offer substantial benefits versus legacy distributed antenna system (DAS)-based approaches.

This CBRS based-neutral host model bypasses traditional deployment challenges often experienced with the solutions from the carriers or other third-party operators by offering some unique advantages around cost and simplicity, without sacrificing functionality. And since the solution uses CBRS, it also becomes a viable platform for securely serving staff operations, and even connecting large numbers of wireless devices and sensors as these properties also look to automate their in-house building management systems and operations. There are many use cases for this one network, which can be tailored to the venue and community it supports for a highly secure and quality connected experience.

As part of this trial, Geoverse will start by providing indoor coverage at the resort’s expansive convention center. In addition, Caribe Royale and Geoverse are cooperating to augment and complement the existing Wi-Fi footprint, to eventually operate as one hybrid wireless network.

“As a major destination for meetings and leisure travel, we recognize the overwhelming need to ensure all our visitors can easily and automatically get connected anywhere across the resort, and by deploying this new service platform, we expect this will not only address this need, but also open the door to opportunities around new use cases that help deliver a better guest experience,” said Chet Patel, director of innovation and technology at the Caribe Royale.

Currently, Caribe Royale has its own Wi-Fi network in-house for connecting guests, and an indoor DAS supporting a single carrier for cellular coverage in select areas, as it was recognized that a dedicated indoor network was necessary for delivering any kind of reliable cellular connectivity. However, since not all carriers utilize the DAS, the resulting coverage from other carriers offers a very mixed experience which became one of the drivers to expand the indoor network with a new neutral host.

With the need to accommodate volumes of voice and SMS services in addition to secure high-speed data connectivity, and to eventually take advantage of the emergence of 5G, cellular based wireless services increasingly are necessary.

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