The City of Aurora was given Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding through Arapahoe County, Colorado. This funding was allocated to improving the IT infrastructure of the City, and the task became how to utilize it in an effective manner. 31 aging links were identified throughout the city that would be upgraded as they were under an unlicensed 5Ghz solution that currently presented reliability and capacity concerns. These concerns are increased as COVID changed various aspects of life, including increased credit card payments, or adequate distancing during school shutdowns
The plan was to make use of the available spectrum and minimize total RF license costs by deploying a mix of licensed millimeter wave where required and using the unlicensed spectrum where available. The Cambium’s LINKPlanner configuration tool and the online learning center’s manuals and guides were heavily referenced, and the solution of a mix of 60 GHz cnWave and 80 GHz PTP 850E equipment was chosen. The 60 GHz cnWave links would support up to 1.8 Gbps, and the 80 GHz PTP 850E radios would support 10 Gbps in conjunction to handle the high-density area. The installation in 2020 involved multiple stakeholders and city departments, but went smoothly due to all the pre-planning completed. By January of 2021, the city was able to cut traffic over from their old system to the new Cambium Networks one with a very short period of service interruption. The whole project was completed three months later in March 2021.