NYC uses ‘moonshot’ challenge to accelerate 5G wireless in the city

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Three finalists have been announced for the NYCx Governors Island Connectivity Challenge, a “moonshot” challenge to bring 5G wireless and improve Wi-Fi in New York.
If successful, the NYCx Governors Island Connectivity Challenge could help bring Wi-Fi to more citizens, and speed business use cases for 5G.
Three finalists have been announced in a New York City “moonshot” challenge to speed the adoption of 5G and improve high-speed wireless access in the area, the Mayor’s Office of the CTO announced Wednesday.

The three finalists will test out their proposals for low-cost Wi-Fi solutions and how to best bring 5G cellular connectivity to Governors Island, according to a press release. The three finalists are Neutral Connect Networks LLC, Fiberless Networks, and Edge Fibernet.

All three of the finalists are wireless communications providers. If the challenge is successful, it could help bring connectivity to more citizens around the city and set the stage for earlier business adoption of 5G as well.

Governor’s Island is a seasonal tourist area south of Manhattan. The finalists will receive $25,000 to showcase their solutions there, and must be able to handle today’s connectivity needs, but also future issues that may arise. Their solutions must also be able to help deal with high winds, potential flooding, and storm surges that come from climate change, the release said.

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