Baicells Technologies, a leading provider of LTE and 5G cellular systems, has partnered with ALEF Edge and Sky Packets, to launch a turnkey private LTE package that will provide connectivity to support unserved communities.
CommunityConnect is a scalable LTE offering that leverages CBRS spectrum and fixed wireless to deliver advanced broadband connectivity under new economics and across multiple environments — supporting both outdoor and indoor use cases.
The digital divide is increasingly recognized as a critical barrier that can hold back families and communities all too often. Lacking internet access today hinders economic opportunity, education and job prospects, critical communications, and much more. With multiple government agencies recognizing this pervasive challenge today, billions of dollars of funding have been made available to states, cities, and communities to close this divide and bring digital inclusion to more communities.
CommunityConnect, a program for digital equity, helps communities leverage this available funding and identify a clear path to closing the digital divide. Understanding that the myriad of programs and technology options can be confusing, this program is intended to offer guidance to deliver a successful outcome for the community, efficiently.
The turnkey bundle utilizes a private fixed wireless network, based on LTE/CBRS cellular services, and affords users access to a broad range of applications, supporting high-speed data access, quality voice calls, video calls and device streaming.
“Too many communities across the US are falling behind because they lack affordable broadband connectivity. It is critical that we now consider alternative models to change this, such as private fixed wireless. Investing in forward-thinking programs can help citizens get connected cost-effectively — paying major dividends for both tenants and property owners over the long term.” —David Weber, Senior Policy Analyst at PHADA — Public Housing Authorities Directors Association.
Using CBRS, the private fixed wireless solution offers performance, favorable economics, and faster time-to-service when compared to legacy alternatives, such as Wi-Fi or fixed broadband.
“No longer is cellular the exclusive domain of major enterprises or wireless operators. Advances in cellular technology have now made the required network elements affordable, compact, and much easier to deploy and operate — while also offering a path to next-generation functionality, like 5G and beyond. Amid significant federal investment, it is critical that underserved communities are supported when navigating the technology solutions available to them, and we are excited to offer this within our bundle for underserved MDU properties and neighborhoods” — Minchul Ho, CEO Americas, Baicells
The turnkey bundle comprises Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), CBRS radios or wireless Access Points from Baicells, a managed control element from ALEF Edge, and ongoing service operation and support from Sky Packets. This package is highly tailorable to the individual needs of the community, and additional partners can also be brought in to help deliver components of specific use cases.