Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners to Acquire 5G Dense Air Innovator
LONDON, December 14, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Dense Air Networks builds and operates wireless infrastructure as a service, transforming the connectivity economy and providing unserved and underserved communities the same capacity, speed and service as the best parts of 5G networks in the world. mobile operators.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted America’s growing digital divide: the gap between the connectivity available today and what our communities need for equitable access to education, jobs, care health, civic life and much more. Because it is so expensive to build ubiquitous 5G networks, wealthy areas have received the highest quality wireless infrastructure and low-income communities are too often left behind. As we enter the era of 5G, a secure and shared wireless infrastructure will be essential to bridge the digital divide and deliver the ubiquitous connectivity demanded by communities and consumers.
that’s why Sidewalk infrastructure partners (SIP), the pioneer in sustainable and inclusive technology-based infrastructure, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Dense air, an innovative RAN-as-a-Service (RaaS) company that uses a shared infrastructure to extend and improve operator networks. Airspan, a leading manufacturer of RAN equipment, will retain minority stake; As a result of this transaction, SoftBank Group will no longer be part of the capital structure of Dense Air. Dense Air Networks will operate within SIPs CoFi innovation platform, which aims to make connectivity more open, shared and inclusive through public-private partnerships (P3).
“Ubiquitous connectivity is crucial for modern life,” said Jonathan winer, co-CEO of SIP. “By expanding Internet access and opening previously uncompetitive markets in partnership with new and existing service providers, we can provide consumers with more transparent and affordable coverage. We look forward to partnering with service providers, local governments and other stakeholders to understand the unique needs of each community we operate in. Like any other type of infrastructure, broadband does not have a one-size-fits-all solution.
Dense Air builds, owns and operates secure and shared âsmall cellâ networks that effectively enhance and extend traditional âmacroâ networks built by legacy mobile network operators. Small cells, deployed inconspicuously on streetlights or rooftops, provide high-speed, high-performance cellular coverage over hundreds or thousands of feet. A small cellular network supports better coverage closer to the user, complementing macrocells by alleviating network congestion and reaching areas where macroservice deteriorates.
The rollout of 5G for mobile and fixed use cases over the next few years is expected to require operators to densify their networks by building hundreds of thousands and potentially millions of small cells in complex city systems. Dense Air’s unique technology allows multiple network operators to securely share the same infrastructure, reducing costs for service providers and municipalities while providing high-speed connectivity. Dense Air’s network of small cells enables multiple carriers to operate more efficiently in underserved areas, safely sharing the resources of a single small cell. It is a solution that improves the economics of deployment and operations for operators, reduces total infrastructure requirements and ultimately provides more choice for consumers.
“The densification of cellular networks to complete the deployment of 5G gigabit services is a huge global challenge, both technically and commercially,” said Paul Senior, founder and CEO of the Dense Air group. âOur unique shared infrastructure enables communities and operators to create sustainable radio networks that are economically attractive and help address the digital divide issues that plague today’s 5G network constructions. For mobile network operators, Dense Air’s technology enables an efficient, economically attractive and robust network enhancement and extension. When combined with the CoFi P3 model, our technology becomes a powerful tool in bridging the digital divide through sustainable, community-centric fixed wireless networks. “
Dense Air’s âneutral hostsâ networks can be leased by any network operator looking to increase capacity. In markets where Dense Air has radio frequency spectrum, it can also offer local offloading for overloaded operator networks. Dense Air uses an array of network infrastructure in urban, suburban, and rural environments, and the company uses data and AI-driven network planning to purposefully deploy small cells in areas – indoors. and outside – where they are needed most to improve network performance efficiently and cost effectively. The company seeks to work closely with cities and other community actors to develop networks that prioritize public and municipal uses, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), public safety, networks of first responders and distance learning applications.
Dense Air has built wireless networks across Europe and APAC and is developing other large-scale commercial projects on a global scale. Dense Air’s industry-leading host-neutral RaaS technology will accelerate the deployment of shared, high-performance 5G infrastructure and promote fairer connectivity. The company had previously validated the CoFi model during a two-year research project with Dublin, Ireland, leveraging municipal infrastructure to deploy a 5G pilot network.
SIP and Dense Air plan to announce soon a first CoFi project in the United States that involves partnering with cities to increase the coverage of high-speed wireless connectivity, with an emphasis on expanding access to generally underserved communities, such as students without connectivity at home.
SOURCE Dense air