Ericsson is working Boston-based startup Altaeros to demonstrate a new “SuperTower” to help operators deploy LTE in hard-to-reach rural communities using tethered aerostats.
Last year, the two companies partnered to deploy a multi-sector LTE base station on a SuperTower in rural Maine, providing broadband speeds with streaming video.
Altaeros highlighted that rural markets like Maine are ideal for operators to deploy SuperTowers, which float at heights six to eight times higher than most cell towers. These towers also offer greater flexibility for site placement and cost up to 70% less to roll out. The firm also said that this infrastructure provides coverage equivalent to a network of 30 conventional cell towers.