LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Eric Garcetti accepted the Connected City Award on behalf of the City of Los Angeles for its leadership and collaborative process bringing future wireless technology to its citizens. Its partnership with Mobilitie has enabled the deployment of more than 1,000 small cells to Los Angeles, delivering seamless connectivity to its citizens and visitors in preparation for the rollout of 5G services.
"Access to information is the pathway to opportunity and prosperity for Angelenos in every neighborhood," said Mayor Garcetti. "Mobilitie's recognition highlights a core value for our City -- that deploying new networks across our communities is essential to driving innovation in transit, public safety, sustainability, and economic development. With world-class technology at our fingertips, we can and will build a stronger, more secure Los Angeles for all of our families."
The Connected City Award recognizes cities and leaders who demonstrate vision and leadership in bringing wireless broadband to their communities and establish clear and reasonable policies to facilitate network deployments. Connected Cities demonstrate a commitment to expanding access to high performance broadband wireless, closing the digital divide in underserved communities, and encouraging private investment in networks.
Over the past two years, Mobilitie has worked closely with the city and invested millions of dollars installing small cells throughout Los Angeles to dramatically improve wireless capacity and build the foundation for the 5G wireless broadband necessary to support Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Additionally, small cell deployments help connect historically underserved areas of the Los Angeles community to mobile broadband networks. Now a Connected City, Los Angeles is not only positioned to realize the economic, social, and public safety advantages of leading the way to 5G and IoT connectivity, but it is also paving the way in the race to establish the United States as the global leader in 5G connectivity.
As a global city, Los Angeles plays a pivotal role in the race to 5G. Over 10 million small cells have been deployed globally and the market has grown exponentially over the past five years. In 2014, the small cell equipment market was $2 billion; it's estimated to grow more than five times to $10 billion by 2019. However, much of this growth has taken place overseas. Without policies to streamline deployments and encourage investment in our local economies, the US risks unmet mobile data demands and may fall behind in the race to 5G. Thanks to Los Angeles' efficient and collaborative approach, the U.S. can remain a worldwide leader in 5G broadband.
"In many ways, Los Angeles is a representative for the nation on the worldwide stage. As the race to 5G intensifies, L.A. continues to be a leader in wireless infrastructure thanks to its commitment to closing the digital divide and inviting private network investment. We are extremely proud of the work and accomplishments that have come from Mobilitie's partnership with this great city," said Christos Karmis, President and CEO of Mobilitie.
Mobilitie and the City of Los Angeles will continue a successful relationship in 2019 and beyond, bringing the future of wireless and seamless connectivity to support mobile commerce, data streaming, and IoT applications. Congratulations to Los Angeles on becoming a Connected City.
Mobilitie is the leading telecommunications infrastructure company in the United States. As a global provider of complete wireless solutions, Mobilitie helps people stay connected on their mobile devices wherever they are by funding, deploying and operating next-generation infrastructure that enables robust 4G LTE coverage and upcoming 5G services and speeds. Mobilitie wireless infrastructure includes communication towers, indoor and outdoor neutral host DAS networks, small cells, and Wi-Fi networks. Mobilitie's Advanced Technology Group engineers innovative wireless solutions that improve wireless service at the largest and most complex venues across all major industries—including sports and entertainment, real estate, hospitality, education, healthcare, government and transportation.
Mobilitie partners with cities and municipalities across the country to deploy next-generation small cell sites and other infrastructure that provides residents with enhanced mobile connectivity and wireless broadband access. The high-density wireless infrastructure is designed to enable the richest, most interactive mobile experiences including real-time video streaming, location-based services, social media and other mobile applications.
Mobilitie is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., and has regional offices across the United States and internationally. To learn more about our wireless coverage solutions, visit mobilitie.com.