21 Aug Closing the Digital Divide in Cleveland with Gfast and Millimeter Wave Technology
Sckipio, Siklu and DigitalC worked together to reduce the urban digital divide by adding Gfast to a low-income housing project in Cleveland, Ohio. The residents who benefit from this partnership did not even have slow internet access in their building – they had no internet access. And now their broadband speed is topping 800Mbps – up to 40 times faster than the national U.S. average.
Sckipio and millimeter wave leader Siklu provided a gigabit solution that was installed in the Cleveland Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA). This is the first commercial solution to use Gfast and wireless millimeter technology to connect fiber from the street to a low-income, multi-dwelling unit (MDU).
“Our Gfast technology was built to deliver ultra-high-speed broadband to the masses,” said David Baum, CEO of Sckipio. “This installation proves that Gfast is helping to solve the urban digital divide by bringing the Internet to those who had no access or very slow speeds. Partnering with DigitalC and Siklu has enabled CMHA residents to access ultrafast, affordable internet that will allow them to connect to their families, search for jobs, improve their education and health, and participate in the global digital economy.”
In this installation, Siklu’s millimeter wave solution was used to bring ultrafast speeds to the building – avoiding the disruption and pollution from digging up streets and installing fiber. Then, within the building, the solution used Sckipio’s Gfast technology to deliver high speed to each resident over existing copper phone wires.
To learn more about the installation, read our press release.