Wireless networking firm Celona has announced results from multiple real-world deployments from its formal beta program.
This program includes eight new organizations deploying Celona’s cellular wireless network solution to enable mission-critical business applications including crowded outdoor venues, industrial IoT applications, campus-wide connectivity and video applications.
In addition to its beta program, Celona also highlighted that it continues to expand its presence in the Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) market by building new partnerships with companies including Cradlepoint.
“The FCC’s recent decision to allow full-scale commercial deployments in the CBRS band is very timely given the outstanding response Celona has seen to its own end-to-end offering,” said Mehmet Yavuz, CTO and co-founder at Celona. “Enterprise IT teams across industries want CBRS spectrum to enable a new express lane of communication for business-owned and staff-operated mobile and IoT infrastructure. Low latency and high-reliability operation for relevant applications with the use of private LTE is a key requirement, in addition to simplified deployment and operations.”
Celona’s eight new beta site customers span logistics environments, industrial shipping yards, global retail locations and other challenging wireless environments, including the NC State University Institute for Educational Innovation located in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“The coverage and reliability metrics promised by CBRS-based private LTE technology are ideal for several indoor and outdoor use cases in our environment,” said Ray Zeisz, director of enterprise infrastructure programs at the NC State University Institute for Educational Innovation. “We are looking forward to exploring it further as part of Celona’s engineering beta program. So far, our tests have focused on zero-touch installation of the product components where the initial setup was performed within an hour – including the ability to provision smartphones with our private SIM cards. Next, we will be testing performance and reliability of the private LTE wireless connections in challenging indoor and outdoor locations where public LTE and Wi-Fi coverage may not be ideal – and rolling out new cabling is simply not possible.”
“Enterprise environments such as distribution centers, factories, and transportation hubs demand reliable wireless connectivity for a variety of applications – from video surveillance to in-vehicle connectivity to IoT infrastructure,” said Ken Hosac, VP of IoT strategy and business development at Cradlepoint. “We are looking forward to integrating with Celona’s unique application-aware cellular wireless to meet the new generation of connectivity challenges in the enterprise.”
World Wide Technology (WWT), a technology solution provider with more than $11 billion in annual revenue that provides digital strategy, innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations, is also evaluating Celona’s technology for a variety of use cases.
“Today’s mission-critical environments in the enterprise require reliable wireless connectivity on a clean spectrum with a promise of guaranteed SLA,” said Neil Anderson, senior director, Network Solutions for WWT’s Global Engineering Team. “We are looking forward to exploring Celona’s technology as we help our customers bring digital transformation projects to life across verticals such as industrial, manufacturing, energy, and utilities.”