GCI Deploys Northernmost Small Cell in America

“Can you hear me now? How about now?” When was the last time you had that exact same conversation? Everybody expects excellent cellular service whether they’re outside or indoors —  regardless of their proximity to a cell site. And when Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) cannot deliver on the promise of ubiquitous coverage, subscribers tend to vote with their feet.

As the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, GCI recently signed a multi-year contract for ClearSky’s Small Cell as a Service (SCaaS) offering. SCaaS enables GCI to deploy residential and enterprise small cells to address coverage challenges unique to Alaska.

GCI has since deployed many residential small cells and has recently begun deploying enterprise small cells. The Juneau Police Department was the first location to benefit from GCI’s enterprise small cell capabilities and now enjoys 5-bar coverage. “This is a win-win for us and the Juneau Police Department,” said Dan Boyette, GCI Vice President of Wireless. “Any GCI subscriber employed by the Juneau Police Department, as well as citizens that visit the police department, now have excellent in-building coverage, In addition to making customers happy, GCI has increased network capacity by offloading a percentage of traffic from our macro network.”

GCI is currently in the process of deploying enterprise small cells at Pump Station 1, located on the North Slope of Alaska, at Prudhoe Bay. When deployed, GCI will have the unique distinction of operating the northernmost small cell in the United States.

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