Cellcom improves wireless service on reservation

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans and Cellcom have partnered to improve wireless service throughout the community. Enhancements include new cell towers and a rooftop cell site and in-building enhancements at Mohican North Star Casino Resort.

“Connectivity is critical for tribal members, those that live in the tribal community and the surrounding areas. Stockbridge-Munsee significantly invested to help enhance wireless service and partnering with Cellcom as a local provider helped us ensure the project was successful,” said Shannon Holsey, Stockbridge-Munsee tribal president.

The first portion of the project focused on enhancing coverage in and near the casino. The Stockbridge-Munsee invested in a wireless in-building system, which is designed to seamlessly improve indoor cellular coverage and support large events with thousands of attendees. Cellcom was the first tenant on the system that went live in December 2023.

“Concrete structures can present challenges to cellular service due to the building materials blocking signal,” said Rick Brooks, vice president of engineering at Cellcom. “In-building systems enhance coverage and make it seamless for the user as their devices will automatically pick up the signal without connecting to Wi-Fi. We regularly see hundreds of customers connected to our network via the in-building system.”

Cellcom also enhanced coverage just outside of the casino with a rooftop cell site at the location. The Stockbridge-Munsee leased the wireless provider space for this addition. The rooftop cell site provides a better experience for those near the casino and also conserves bandwidth on the nearby tower by picking up traffic from casino visitors. The site went live in February.

The latest additions included the construction of new cellular towers throughout the area. The Stockbridge-Munsee contracted with Cellcom’s tower company to construct four cell sites. Cellcom is the first tenant on each of these towers, which turned up in May. These are located on Camp 14 Road near the Stockbridge-Munsee Fire Department, east of Bowler on Butternut Lane, Big Lake Road north of Town Hall Road, and on Pine Hills Drive southwest of state Highway 47, which also serves a portion of Menominee County.

“We appreciate the partnership with Stockbridge-Munsee community and their dedication of funds to build the tower structures, which allowed Cellcom to invest to expand its network,” said Brooks. “The enhancements allow for coverage to reach further in some rural portions of our service area, bring faster speeds to users and will allow more devices to be connected at one time. We’re already seeing a lot of traffic on these sites, reaffirming the need.”