TGIF. In today's edition of Gigabites, millimeter wave technology powers wireless gigabit service in Santa Cruz, Calif.; Columbus considers new gigabit wireless kiosks; the pole attachment fight rages on in Louisville, Ky.; and more.
The Santa Cruz partners aren't the only ones interested in millimeter wave technology. Google Fiber Inc. is hunting for mmWave engineers as it looks to expand to new gigabit cities, and startup company Starry Inc. plans to build a global broadband business using high-frequency millimeter waves. (See Google's 5G Radio Ambitions Are Expanding and Will Starry's Big Broadband Ambition Fall to Earth?)
Also of increasing importance, mmWave spectrum, which ranges between 30GHz and 300GHz, includes frequency bands that are likely to be adopted for 5G mobile broadband. In fact, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on opening up certain mmWave bands for 5G services later this month. (See FCC Comm. Names 4 Initial 5G Bands for US, Eyes More.)
According to Siklu, it has already implemented millimeter wave technology in several locations beyond Santa Cruz. These deployments include supporting a high-end security system in Fort Meyers, Fla.; extending a municipal fiber network in Vail, Colo.; and providing broadband access to tens of thousands of spectators in New York on site for the NYC Global Citizen Fest and the NYC Marathon.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading