Siklu Radios Provide High-Speed Broadband Connections to Cleveland Homeless Shelters

In Cleveland, Siklu has provided a network of gigabit millimeter wave radios to Connect 156 public housing units and a homeless shelter. Using Siklu radios these houses are now receiving broadband speeds.

Civic organization Digital C has been working to "Connect the Unconnected" in Cleveland, a city where over 30% of residents have no access to the Internet. The Connect the Unconnected program brought broadband connections to approximately 800 residents of Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority high rise communities, as well as residents of the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries Men's Shelter and students at Stepstone Academy. Recipients of the connectivity will also be provided with the opportunity to complete a basic digital literacy training course, teaching the fundamentals of computer and internet use, after which they will receive a refurbished computer to utilize at home.

The main challenge in connecting public housing buildings like the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is the prohibitive cost of laying fiber between buildings, which is why Digital C turned to Siklu.

Siklu was able to provide fiber-like gigabit capacity over the air, connecting several CMHA buildings and a homeless shelter from a nearby fiber termination unit. Between 1-3 gigabit wireless antennas per building are providing each resident with a high-speed broadband connection.