The city continues to be a national leader when it comes to embracing technology and innovation
Indianapolis has become the second recipient of the Connnected City Award from Mobilitie, the largest privately-held wireless infrastructure provider in the US.
The award recognises cities that demonstrate remarkable leadership that help bridge the digital divide by bringing 21st-century wireless access to its neighbourhoods, educational systems and businesses.
Working with city officials, Mobilitie has invested millions of dollars and installed dozens of its small cell sites across central Indiana, enhancing wireless capacity and speeds by up to 20 per cent. The company deployed its network primarily on existing structures, like street lights, making almost the entire deployment virtually unnoticeable.
In addition, the new wireless connectivity provides the foundation for 5G, which is the network necessary for the next wave of innovation including self-driven cars, remote control homes, real-time audio and more. It will also bring ultra-fast 4G and 5G services to more people, including areas that have previously been underserved.
"We are excited to name Indianapolis a Connected City and work with its city officials to deliver a better mobile experience," said Christos Karmis, president of Mobilitie. "Indianapolis is a progressive city that understands the benefits of delivering an unprecedented level of wireless service.
“By leveraging our small cell technology, Mobilitie will help bring greater wireless connectivity to Indianapolis, as well as other cities nationwide, to spur innovation and bridge the digital divide."
In an awards ceremony at Tarkington Park in Indianapolis, Mobilitie’s Mitchell Wywiorski, vice president of the Central Region presented the award to Indianapolis Councilman Michael McQuillen, a champion of bringing state-of-the-art wireless technology to all of Indianapolis, and to Lauren Riga of Indianapolis for her work in advancing ideas to revolutionise societies.
As a globally recognised professional in smart cities and advanced industries with a background in public policy, Riga works among global thought leaders and has exemplified unparalleled devotion to helping civilizations worldwide become more technologically developed.
"It has been proven that wireless technology can advance neighbourhoods, improve opportunities for all citizens and attract jobs," said McQuillen. "It is our goal to have this advanced infrastructure throughout all of Indianapolis."
Riga commented: "Innovative public private partnerships will continue to emerge as communities leap into the digital era to enhance services and attract industries of the future. As a united front with help from global leaders like Mobilitie, we can help build future communities that promote smart and sustainable growth while enhancing the lives of millions."
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