Construction in Arizona of the US’ largest microwave-based wireless public safety and service network is featuring extensive use of radio frequency solutions and technology from CommScope, Inc.

The project, funded by a $39 million federal broadband infrastructure grant to Scottsdale, Arizona based GovNET, Inc., will provide a backbone wireless network that will offer high-speed broadband access to all 91 incorporated cities and towns and all 15 counties in the state, including many rural and underserved areas. It will connect emergency service agencies, communities, healthcare providers, and educational institutions throughout Arizona.

The broadband network will feature more than 300 new microwave towers and roof mounts to expand services across more than 88,400 square miles of the state. CommScope has been chosen as the exclusive provider of RF products and technology, including microwave antennas, transmission line cabling and accessories, and remote monitoring and management services.

Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer and numerous state and local officials officially marked the beginning of this ambitious project at a February 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony atop a Phoenix high-rise on which the network’s first CommScope antennas were installed and which served as the backdrop for the event.

“CommScope will play a vital role in our efforts to bring broadband access and capacity to all parts of Arizona,” said Pat Barringer, chief executive officer, GovNET. “We believe the quality and track record of CommScope’s technology and solutions will help us in achieving our goals of enhancing public safety, education, commerce and economic development through high-speed broadband services.”

GovNET, Inc. is a specialized telecommunications provider committed to data integrity, secure high capacity transmissions, and customized network connections at affordable rates. The company focuses on the specific needs of local, state, and federal agency communications seeking security and reliability. The network will offer speeds of between 100 Mbps and 1.2 Gbps to key anchor educational and healthcare institutions, a significant upgrade over the T1 service many currently have.

CommScope is pleased to have been chosen for this prestigious and important project in the state of Arizona,” said Peter Karlsson, senior vice president, Global Sales, CommScope. “Our experience and expertise in providing greater bandwidth and network connectivity here in the US and throughout the world will be a huge asset as this network is deployed. We are eager to see the benefits that high-speed access and capacity will bring to residents, businesses and government institutions throughout the state.”

CommScope also has served as primary provider of broadband technology to other federal broadband infrastructure projects in the US, most notably in North Carolina and Michigan. These projects, led by MCNC in North Carolina and Merit Networks in Michigan, were highlighted at a White House “Champions of Change” ceremony February 15 for the positive impact they are having in their states.

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