Bridging the Digital Divide

The Blue Ridge Parkway, Blairsville, Georgia.

The heightened need for connectivity is brought into sharp focus in the time of a pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted dramatic changes in the way we work, communicate, educate our children, purchase essentials and even care for the sick. Social distancing and self-isolation have made it mandatory that we utilize all those promising Internet-based applications the telecom and technology world have been touting since the early days of 4G networks. Work-from-home, telehealth, distance learning; suddenly everyone needs them – all at the same time. 

So far, our Internet has stood up to the challenge and performed well. However, although most of us take a high-speed connection for granted, the wired and wireless telecommunications infrastructure needed to make all this work for everyone is not yet in place- and won’t be for some time.

A decade ago, 4G whet our appetite for these applications when we started to receive directions via GPS,talked to friends via Facetime, and did mobile browsing on our phones. 5G will make the promises we heard ten years ago a reality and bring us applications we can’t even imagine now. In order to make it work as advertised, the network must get closer to the user. Today, we get our 4G from a tower a mile or more away, in a 5G world, the towers must be closer to you, much closer. 

Small Cells 

Before we can realize the wonders of 5G, hundreds of thousands of towers must be erected. The “towers” are coming in the form of small cells, mini cell sites the height of utility poles. How many will we need? A lot of them.

The network densification required for 5G is well underway in high-traffic areas of major cities but many areas, both urban and rural, will remain unserved or underserved for years to a come. Some areas of the US barely get 4G coverage, the arrival of 5G is a long way away for these underserved regions of the country.

Kinetx Prime provides broad-based connectivity technologies to enable high-quality solutions

Kinetx Prime brings a cadre of telecom industry professionals with years of experience at solving connectivity challenges for carriers, municipalities and private entities. Members of the team were one of the first to successfully deploy a public safety broadband network and followed on to build state-of-the-art networks in thirty-six US cities ranging in size from small towns like Elko, Nevada to New York City. These networks were supported by backhaul architectures ranging from copper to multi-gigabit Ethernet all designed and deployed by members of the Kinetx Prime team.

Our Kinetx Prime management team also represents a combined total of fifty-plus years in the neutral host world providing executive, technical, project management and installation expertise. Our people have handled complex negotiations with carriers, municipalities and utilities for attachment agreements, ROW placement and authorizations and entitlements compliance.  Services include in-depth proficiency on aesthetically pleasing solutions that will gain approval from jurisdictional planning authorities and city councils

The Kinetx Prime Team applies these skills and experience to innovative solutions to bring high-speed Internet connections to unserved.

Roughly one in four rural households cannot connect to the internet, and when they can it is often too slow and too expensive for the households who do have access. The Digital Divide however does not discriminate, large swaths of the country lack high-quality Internet access – rural and urban, and in between.

Using combinations of latest-generation technologies, Kinetx Prime can help build the bridge across the Digital Divide and enable accessible, affordable Internet for all.

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