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City of Arvada’s high capacity boost

City needed high throughput connectivity that would perform like fibre, but without prohibitive up front trenching costs

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Siklu boosted Arvada's capacity from 1.5Mbps to 1Gps
Siklu boosted Arvada's capacity from 1.5Mbps to 1Gps

Siklu, a leader in the field of millimeter wave radios, has provided high capacity wireless links to the city of Arvada, Colorado, part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area.


The links were deployed by system integrator Netunwired. Municipal facilities reportedly gained a productivity-boosting 1Gbps throughput, and costly recurring leased line expenses were eliminated.


In 2016 a wide range of municipal facilities including the Arvada police were serviced by a central DS3 leased circuit, which was split into T1 lines, so that each facility received a throughput of 1.5Mbps. The slow speeds were hampering productivity and the IT department was unable to implement a uniform network policy or run a more robust virtualised server network.


Arvada needed high throughput connectivity that would perform like fibre, but without prohibitive upfront trenching costs. Their requirements were for full duplex gigabit service, with reliability high enough to carry mission critical municipal services and turned to wireless system integrator Netunwired to find a solution.


Netunwired suggested Siklu’s EtherHaul millimeter wave radios. It installed a mix of EtherHaul radios achieving 99.99 per cent reliability over the air at 1000Mbps full duplex. For two of the longer wireless links, it added Siklu’s proprietary Overbuild long range protocol which enables mmWave connections to perform close to 100 per cent reliability even at a distance of a few miles.


Eyal Assa, Siklu’s CEO claims that for those cities requiring fibre performance but can’t afford to trench and wait, millimeter waves are the best choice. “We’re able to provide the gigabit capacity and reliability that’s remarkably close to fibre and is robust enough to carry mission critical services like Arvada’s Police Department connection,” he says.


The large spectrum and narrow beams used by Siklu’s mmWave radios claim to make it an extremely reliable solution that is immune to interference.


Netunwired was able to complete most of the project within three weeks of its initiation by the city. City workers immediately benefited from enhanced productivity and a more robust IT infrastructure, while the monthly recurring DS3 expense was eliminated.


"IT equipment such as caching servers aren’t needed anymore, because of the excellent LAN-like response time and performance" says Tim Stewart of Netunwired. "And the City of Arvada achieved a positive return on investment within a few months, in addition to gaining a 100x capacity boost."


Siklu delivers multi-gigabit fiber-like wireless connectivity in urban, suburban and rural areas. Operating in the millimeter wave bands, its wireless solutions are used by leading service providers and system integrators to provide gigabit services, 5G fixed wireless and in safe city and smart city projects.


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