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Wireless SuperTowers connect rural areas with mobile broadband

Altaeros and Ericsson launch a new tethered-aerial infrastructure product to deliver high-speed broadband in hard-to-reach rural communities.


Boston-based startup, Altaeros, and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have successfully deployed a multi-sector LTE base station on a new “SuperTower” concept in rural Maine, providing broadband speeds with streaming video.

SuperTowers help operators deploy LTE in hard-to-reach rural communities using tethered aerostats, the industrial versions of blimps.

Rural markets like Maine are ideal for operators to deploy SuperTowers which float at heights six to eight times higher than most cell towers, offer greater flexibility for site placement, cost up to 70 percent less to roll out, provide coverage equivalent to a network of 30 conventional cell towers and have less impact on the environment.

An overview of the SuperTower can be seen here.

Read the full announcement here.

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