City of Wichita will get paid for new small cell towers

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.-- The City of Wichita could gain more than $100,000 from the installation of 100 small cell antennas for wireless communications.

The small cell towers will boost wireless connectivity speed in Wichita

The agreement was approved at the May 6 city council meeting. The agreement will provide the city with approximately $110,000 initially, permit fees and a 5% yearly fee, which amounts to approximately $40,000 per year. The expectation is for the fee to increase over time.

A Buhler-based company, IdeaTek, requested the franchise agreement with the city. They will construct fiber optic telecommunication lines and small cell towers for use by wireless companies to boost wireless reception through the city.

The small cell antennas will be positioned on the top of poles with a box attached. The poles will either be new or the antenna will be put on an existing pole owned by Westar or the city. There will be fiber optic running from each pole either above or underground.

IdeaTek plans to put at least 100 small cells throughout the city. They expect to begin in the next 30-60 days and the project will be completed in 18-24 months.

The first of the small cells will be installed in Hutchinson or Great Bend next month.

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