We can create a better world while respecting natural resources. As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the issues of natural resources and the digital divide persist, but there are success stories that illuminate the path ahead. Innovators are connecting large numbers of people with solar-powered wireless connectivity around the world.
Earthday.org has selected the theme of Restore Our Earth for this year’s activities. With a low carbon footprint, the latest wireless technologies give us the opportunity to improve life without wasting natural resources. Consider these success stories from around the world:
- In the United States, Mountain West Telephone in Casper, Wyoming is able to extend connectivity beyond the reach of wired infrastructure with fixed wireless.
- In India, a major service provider supports outdoor Wi-Fi in villages with more than 20,000 solar-powered Cambium Networks e500 hotspots.
- In Nigeria, Service providers achieve amazing capital efficiency with solar powered fixed wireless broadband and Wi-Fi technology. Kendall Ananyi, CEO of Tizeti Network Limited discusses the details of the capital efficiency of super-efficient solar powered wireless communications in this video.
- Rural areas of New Zealand are connected by Primo Wireless with fixed wireless infrastructure that is rapidly deployed at a fraction of the cost of trenching fiber or cable technology.
- In Brazil, solar-powered Cambium Networks Xirrus Wi-Fi access points provide coverage along hundreds of kilometers of highways where there is no cell phone coverage.
Cambium Networks is all about wireless innovation and goodness, and these use cases demonstrate solutions that are simply not possible without wireless technology. Solar-powered fixed wireless technology is proven to be reliable, rapidly deployable and cost effective. Improving connectivity while respecting the planet is within reach.
Sharing best practices can help us all. I encourage network operators and system integrators to share their photos and stories here on our community.