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Huntington signs up for 5G smart poles

Light pole brings together energy efficient LED street lighting and wireless capabilities for multiple mobile network operators

The Smart Fusion Pole features concealed integrated antennas
The Smart Fusion Pole features concealed integrated antennas

The city of Huntington Beach, California, will be the first city in the US to utilise shared wireless infrastructure smart pole technology to support 5G connectivity and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.


The Smart Fusion Poles, developed by American Tower, a wireless infrastructure provider, and Philips Lighting, will provide the infrastructure necessary for high capacity mobile connectivity, high quality LED lighting and smart city enablement.


A demonstration of the Smart Fusion Pole will be available at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Ericsson’s booth, located in Hall 2 Stand 2O60, in Barcelona, Spain, which runs 26 February – 1 March.


American Tower’s agreement with the city provides exclusive access to 200 existing light pole locations for the deployment of Smart Fusion Poles. These locations are situated predominantly along the Pacific Highway and downtown areas, near to many popular restaurants and retail establishments.


“We want to be a leader in smart city initiatives to provide residents, businesses and visitors a better city experience and quality of life,” said Mike Posey, mayor, Huntington Beach.


“Equally important is the ability to maintain the aesthetics of this beautiful seaside city I call home. That’s why I am excited about the Smart Fusion Pole; it provides the connectivity required for our smart city initiatives without sacrificing the beauty and vista of our city.”


The Smart Fusion Pole includes integrated antennas that are concealed and can support services from multiple mobile operators on a single pole.


According to the companies, the pole is optimised for small cell deployment to help solve today’s network challenges, while its plug-and-play design provides future-ready access for next-generation technologies, such as 5G and the IoT.


“The Smart Fusion Pole hides wireless equipment in plain sight, meeting the requirements of cities, and provides high performance broadband to meet the network requirements of mobile network operators to support the insatiable demand for high speed data.”


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