Nokia extends broadband to remote Native American tribes in the US28. 04. 2021 Wednesday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page
The program will serve tribal lands with a license for broadband and wireless networking buildouts and Nokia is playing its part by extending next generation private wireless to parts of North and South Dakota, Oklahoma and California.
At an age when high-speed internet has become the driving force behind education, healthcare, business and commerce, there are those who have been left stranded on the other side of the digital divide, unable to conduct even the basic tasks online. A case in point are remote tribal nations in the United States that have struggled with unreliable internet connectivity for years with no relief in sight.
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2020, some 628,000 tribal households in the country did not have access to standard broadband. However, efforts are underway to address the issue by using the Tribal Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum that leverages the frequency band 117 megahertz (MHz).
The program will serve tribal lands with a license for broadband and wireless networking buildouts and Nokia is playing its part by extending next generation private wireless to parts of North and South Dakota, Oklahoma and California. It is being done in partnership with NewCore Wireless, a company that provides innovative technology solutions to rural carriers.The indigenous communities that are set to benefit from this endeavour include the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma. The first tranche of deployments will cover 12,000-plus square miles and provide broadband to more than 15,000 tribal members.
Nokia’s rapid and cost-effective broadband connectivity such as 4.9G/LTE and 5G can cover large expanses and, that too, from a single base station. Private wireless, which relies on 4.9G/LTE technology will give homes and businesses access to broadband internet and mobile phone options in areas where coverage is minimal or...read moreVia Link