Frontier taps Cambium Networks for rural project

Cambium Networks wireless broadband solutions
Telecom network operator Frontier Communications has tapped wireless broadband solutions provider Cambium Networks to connect a Mobile Command Center for a rural music concert.

Cambium Networks and the U.S.-based Frontier Communications provided the units and service to the city of New Haven without any fee.

The wireless network connected video, audio and data for police and medical services and vehicles aiding the roughly 20,000 attendees who attended the one-night-only country music event in a farm in New Haven, Indiana.

“At first, we were asked to install a custom T1 or bonded copper connection – but we weren’t sure if that would be possible on short notice,” said Dan Sullivan, area general manager of Indiana for Frontier Communications. “We called Cambium Networks, and collaborated to deploy a wireless network link in record time.”

Engineers from both companies mounted a Cambium Networks PTP 650 wireless backhaul link on a wooden pole 45 feet above the ground.

On the other end of the wireless path, Frontier engineers established a non-penetrating roof mount at their operations center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The PTP 650 network link extended nearly 10 miles, piercing tall trees to deliver access at a consistent throughput of 60 Mbps.

Bruce Collins, product manager at Cambium Networks, said that they deployed wireless link for superior performance at substantially lower cost as compared to the copper they originally requested.

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