In support of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, public safety officials and other stakeholders, led by the state of Colorado FirstNet team, wanted a wireless infrastructure solution in Vail that was capable of supporting 4G LTE applications to monitor activities during the event.

Project Overview

In support of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, public safety officials and other stakeholders, led by the state of Colorado FirstNet team, wanted a wireless infrastructure solution in the Village that was capable of supporting 4G LTE applications to monitor activities during the event. Crown Castle worked closely with the state of Colorado to set up a public safety network demonstration. The state secured rights to the FirstNet spectrum, and we provided four of our existing nodes to host equipment dedicated to the trial. The network demonstration enabled officials to test applications in practical situations, including real-time video, push-to-talk, Voice over IP (VoIP), situational awareness, and others. The installation marked an important milestone, as it’s the first Small Cell Solutions(SCS) network to operate using 700 MHz Band Class 14 over the same infrastructure as a commercial Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The trial serves as a model for FirstNet in other states as they consider the various deployment options for the new Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).

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