Nokia and DigitalC to Provide Internet Connectivity to Thousands of Underserved Homes in Cleveland, Ohio Using Private LTE
Nokia works with nonprofit DigitalC to provide much needed connectivity to households in one of the least connected cities in the United States
The deployment of Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) end-to-end private LTE network will enable businesses to introduce services quickly.
Access to high-speed, affordable and reliable broadband is vital for providing education, health and economic opportunities to residents.
September 20, 2021
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it is working with nonprofit DigitalC to provide much needed high-speed internet connectivity to underserved homes in Cleveland, Ohio, using its Digital Automation Cloud ( DAC) private from end to end. wireless solution.
The deployment of Nokia DAC will allow DigitalC to leverage private LTE technology to provide affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet access to thousands of people around Cleveland. According to a 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) survey of the U.S. Census, nearly 53,000 households – 31% of the city’s total – did not have a broadband subscription plan, ranking Cleveland as the city less served United States with 100,000 or more households.
This gap widened during the 2020 closures as many were sent to work and learn from home.
Dorothy Baunauch, CEO of DigitalC, said âWhile 2020 may have highlighted the digital divide in Cleveland, the lack of connectivity has been a long-standing issue, so we’re excited to be working with Nokia to bridge this gap and provide better opportunities for education, health and economic benefits to more people in and around the city. “
Nokia will deploy the end-to-end private wireless DAC solution comprising the core network, radio access and indoor and outdoor customer premises equipment (CPE) for deployment in the user’s home. The solution offers a private plug-and-play wireless connection where it is too difficult or expensive to establish traditional connectivity, and it will be used in Cleveland to provide wireless Internet access to homes via the 3.5 band. GHz Citizen Broadband Radio Services (CBRS).
Ed Cholerton, President of Nokia North America, said: âBy leveraging our core private wireless capabilities, we have created the Nokia end-to-end DAC as a complete solution for anyone looking to deliver secure, reliable, high-speed 4G and 5G connectivity where it is most. necessary. As such, we are excited to be a part of this important project, working alongside DigitalC to connect the unconnected and thereby improve inclusion in Cleveland. “
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