Tech-Savvy Seniors Need Bandwidth

Leni Thomas Leni Thomas August 22, 2017

Cell_Female_Senior_CitizenThe AARP says that just under half of U.S. seniors own a smartphone. Of course, the smartphones and tablets they own need to connect to a local Wi-Fi system to keep their cellular bills to a minimum. One retirement facility understood that, and quickly worked on ways to strengthen their broadband services for its residents.

Erickson Living owns 19 communities across 11 states. More of its residents were becoming more tech-savvy (63 percent of adults 50+ download apps on their phones, for example), so Erickson needed to build an infrastructure to support the growing demand. And it wasn’t just for the seniors, but for their visiting families and staff. Additionally, guaranteeing a better experience meant having a competitive edge.

CLICK TO TWEET: Read how a senior living facility strengthened its broadband offering for its residents.

That’s when CommScope stepped in with state-of-the-art connectivity solutions, like:

  • Installation of gigabit passive optical networks (GPON) at seven campuses
  • Plug-and-play FTTx system using CommScope’s RapidFiber hub and terminal solutions

Turns out, the new construction of more hubs and terminals allowed Erickson to place them wherever they needed, whenever they needed them. The system allows for flexibility and the scalability to add more bandwidth as needed.

Erickson also took advantage of CommScope’s PartnerPRO Network. They used CommScope’s partner, Noovis LLC, to design, engineer and install their turnkey network architecture. You can read more about that here in our new case study. And we’d love to hear how you’re making improvements to your network. What are you using and why?

About the Author

Leni Thomas

Leni Thomas

Leni Thomas is a leader within the Enterprise market development team at CommScope. In this role, he is responsible for strategy and market development for vertical markets and federal government for the CommScope enterprise products and has been in the telecom industry for more than 25 years. Before CommScope, Thomas worked at Tellabs, Nortel/BNR, Huawei and a few start-ups. Thomas’ career includes roles in product line management, business development, systems engineering, product architecture and development in a wide variety of telecommunication products focused on active electronics products and software systems. Key products and technologies he’s contributed to are broadband access technologies (FTTx, xDSL), dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), synchronous optical networking (SONET), mobile wireless and fixed wireless. Thomas holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.