New kid on the smart cities block

The KitsticK pole claims to offer cities an attractive alternative which can earn revenue by being leased to network operators and service providers

The KitsticK pole in situ. It can be custom-designed to blend into any environment
The KitsticK pole in situ. It can be custom-designed to blend into any environment

Municipalities have an opportunity to generate revenue by leasing poles

Product claims to fend off ‘not in my front yard’ attitudes

Cities are often under pressure to pick a small cell wireless carrier

Nespa Solutions is aiming to help both municipalities and mobile network operators implement small cell wireless technology to help create smart cities.


Describing itself as an intermediary providing “technology, advice and a voice of reason”, Nespa is focused on executing cost-effective and attractive solutions for cities.


Referencing “not in my front yard” ordinances and litigation resulting from ugly or poorly sited installations, president of the company, David A Wigdahl, claims its KitsticK pole is designed to be aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly.


“Locating a cell site ‘somewhere else’ because it’s unattractive can leave people without access to the 5G networks they’re demanding,” he says.


Wigdahl, whose background is in wireless site construction and cell site maintenance, said that community officials are being bombarded by carriers offering a wide variety of small cell wireless solutions, “some good and some not-so-good”.


“The choices can be overwhelming, and there’s a lot of pressure to ‘just pick one’ and move on – even if the choice is ugly or overpriced,” he said. “Carriers, meanwhile, are seeing a backlash against unsightly installations, as municipalities move forward with the technology.”


Small cell wireless provides immediate benefits for the exploding numbers of urban and suburban residents demanding 5G networks for their data-hungry devices. The technology also offers the potential for a host of future enhancements, such as energy management, law enforcement and entertainment.


“Importantly, there’s an opportunity for municipalities to generate revenue by leasing the poles to mobile network operators and other service providers,” he says.


Nepsa solutions has also partnered with Sternberg Lighting, which designs and manufactures decorative street lighting and architectural street furniture for those cities looking for a customised product. The latter can create and build custom or historically accurate poles to meet customers’ requirements. They are in use across the US in streetscapes, revitalisation projects, parks, train stations, and shopping centres.


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