February 2, 2017 — Houston has been preparing for months if not years for the record-setting crowds caused by the Super Bowl, and views enhanced connectivity as an essential service throughout the City for major events as well as for everyday life.
“The City of Houston is committed to the advancement of wireless connectivity for all of its citizens and visitors, and particularly when we are a host city for visitors from around the globe,” said Lara Cottingham, Public Information Office for the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, City of Houston. “We work closely with private sector companies like Mobilitie to bring investment to the City’s wireless infrastructure and meet the growing connectivity needs of our communities.”
Mobilitie has deployed small cells in the City of Houston, specifically targeting NRG Stadium and the immediate vicinity to enhance wireless network coverage and capacity for football fans and the surrounding neighborhood in preparation for the championship game.
“We are excited to be partnering with the City of Houston to deploy additional wireless infrastructure so fans can better enjoy the game and future events, without cellular congestion,” Christos Karmis, president of Mobilitie. “Small cells like what we have deployed in Houston are critical infrastructure for fans and visitors to upload photos, share experiences on social media, watch video, and get improved reception and service for other applications. Mobilitie is building thousands of small cells across the country, providing communities with improved wireless and broadband infrastructure to keep up with the increase in wireless demand and to help lay the foundation for the future 5G networks.”
Small cells being deployed to improve wireless carriers’ 4G performance and create the foundation for 5G, according to Karmis. Targeting specific areas, small cell infrastructure improves access to emergency services and is critical to addressing the digital divide by providing access in underserved areas. Mobilitie is deploying thousands of small cells throughout the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston, and partners with city officials and permitting offices to develop small cells in locations that best serve a city’s residents and visitors.
“Mobilitie’s goal is to help bring greater wireless connectivity to cities in order to deliver a better mobile experience, spur innovation, and help communities bridge the digital divide. The installation of our small cells in Houston, and specifically near the site of the game, represents what Mobilitie is about: enhancing communities and providing premiere connectivity,” said Karmis.