Siklu and Santa Cruz Announce Gigabit Project Using Fiber-Like Wireless

  • Cruzio
  • Siklu
SANTA CRUZ, CA — Siklu, Cruzio and the city of Santa Cruz, California, announced a project to bring gigabit Internet speeds to local residential, business and community sites throughout Santa Cruz. Using hybrid fiber-wireless technologies – existing fiber connected to Siklu fiber-like wireless radios with service provided by Cruzio — this project will bring wireless gigabit service to Santa Cruz residents in just under three months.

Cruzio connects businesses and residences around Santa Cruz County and parts of the Bay Area with multi-gigabit fiber Internet, business-grade wireless Internet and other Internet and web services. Its downtown Santa Cruz location serves as an IXP and data center, with colocation, flexible office space and coworking for startups and small businesses. Siklu offers Gigabit throughput E-band (70/80 Ghz) and V-band (60 Ghz) radios as a cost-effective solutions for short-range wireless point-to-point links

This project will show how ultra-high frequency wireless technology can extend the reach of existing fiber to bring gigabit services to a community quickly and inexpensively, to the great benefit of city services, local businesses and residents. Santa Cruz is a member of Next Century Cities, which has been advocating for such partnerships to boost broadband in cities throughout the country.

Siklu Millimeter Wave Radios
The project will use Siklu millimeter wave radios attached to existing fiber from Cruzio. These radios can be attached to building facades, the top of buildings, poles and other points in the community to create an ultra-fast wireless extension of fiber. Using mmWave frequencies, the radios can transmit multiple gigabits reliably and with low latency, and no interference or congestion. But the radios can be installed and deployed much quicker and with less disruption than traditional fiber. So residents, businesses and community sites will have the benefits of fiber much quicker than a traditional gigabit deployment that uses all fiber.

"We are thrilled at the prospect of upgrading the wireless service at key locations throughout the city, including Louden Nelson Community Center, the Civic Auditorium, the Tannery Arts Lofts affordable housing, City Hall, and other sites," said City of Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews. "Achieving these upgrades in partnership with Siklu and Cruzio, is a tremendous benefit to our entire community, for which we are very grateful."


"Siklu is proud to work with Santa Cruz and Cruzio to show how we can light up communities with ultra-fast broadband speeds with a wireless technology that can be put in place quickly," said Izik Kirshenbaum, founder and chairman of Siklu, "We look forward to deploying this technology in other U.S. communities in the months to come, helping them complete their race to get a gigabit."

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