Siklu and Santa Cruz Announce Gigabit Project Using Fiber-Like Wireless
April 6, 2016 — Santa Cruz, CA and Fair Lawn, NJ
“In a first-of-its kind deployment in the United States, this project will show how ultra-high frequency wireless technology can extend the reach of existing fiber to bring gigabit services to a community quickly and inexpensively, to the great benefit of city services, local businesses and residents.”
Yesterday, Siklu Inc., Cruzio, and the City of Santa Cruz announced a project to bring gigabit internet speeds to local residential, business and community sites throughout Santa Cruz. Using hybrid fiber-wireless technologies – existing fiber connected to Siklu fiber-like wireless radios with service provided by Cruzio — this project will bring wireless gigabit service to Santa Cruz residents in just under 3 months.
In a first-of-its kind deployment in the United States, this project will show how ultra-high frequency wireless technology can extend the reach of existing fiber to bring gigabit services to a community quickly and inexpensively, to the great benefit of city services, local businesses and residents. Santa Cruz is a member of Next Century Cities, which has been advocating for such partnerships to boost broadband in cities throughout the country.
The project will use Siklu millimeter wave radios attached to existing fiber from Cruzio. These radios can be attached to building facades, the top of buildings, poles and other points in the community to create an ultra-fast wireless extension of fiber. Using mmWave frequencies, the radios can transmit multiple gigabits reliably and with low latency, and no interference or congestion. But the radios can be installed and deployed much quicker and with less disruption than traditional fiber. So residents, businesses and community sites will have the benefits of fiber much quicker than a traditional gigabit deployment that uses all fiber.
“We are thrilled at the prospect of upgrading the wireless service at key locations throughout the city, including Louden Nelson Community Center, the Civic Auditorium, the Tannery Arts Lofts affordable housing, City Hall, and other sites,” said City of Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews. “Achieving these upgrades in partnership with Siklu and Cruzio, is a tremendous benefit to our entire community, for which we are very grateful.”
“Siklu is proud to work with Santa Cruz and Cruzio to show how we can light up communities with ultra-fast broadband speeds with a wireless technology that can be put in place quickly,” said Izik Kirshenbaum, Founder and Chairman of Siklu, “We look forward to deploying this technology in other U.S. communities in the months to come, helping them complete their race to get a gigabit.”
“This is the next step in our ongoing partnerships with the City of Santa Cruz and continuing our long partnership with Siklu to provide affordable, ultra-fast broadband to our community,” said Peggy Dolgenos, President and co-CEO of Cruzio, “We look forward to bringing this ‘game changing’ technology to as many of the homes and businesses in Santa Cruz as possible.”
Siklu delivers a diverse range of products with up to 2Gbps capacity millimeter wave wireless connectivity operating in the 60, 70/80 GHz bands. Its millimeter wave technology is the prime choice of leading integrators, service providers, municipal authorities and mobile network operators worldwide. With maximal availability and minimum footprint, thousands of carrier grade units delivering interference-free performance have been successfully deployed. Siklu’s innovative all-silicon design has dramatically reduced prices and effectively opened the market for ultra-high capacity wireless links. Swiftly integrating with street-fixtures or rooftops to provide reliable connectivity solutions, the price-competitive radios have proved to be ideal for networks requiring fast and simple deployment of secure, fiber-like and futureproof connectivity. Ensuring the unfailing operation of bandwidth intensive applications, Siklu brings the Gigabit promise to homes and businesses alike. For additional information visit www.siklu.com.
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