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LA LTE SmartPole StreetLights

2015.11.10 02:53 PT

[ Forbes ] Aaron Tilley:

Los Angeles publicly announced Thursday that it is outfitting 100 streetlights with a type of networking gear called small cells in an effort to start improving cell phone coverage. Called SmartPoles, the streetlights are part of a collaboration between LED lighting giant Philips and telecom equipment giant Ericsson . The two European companies announced they were working together on a small cell product in 2014, and LA is the first city to rollout the technology.

Streetlights are everywhere — 120,000 can potentially be transformed into SmartPoles in Los Angeles — so adding LTE small cells is smart. I wonder though: might WiFi have been a better option? You can connect to the Internet with your laptop, tablet, iPod touch, and smartphone.