The John Glenn Columbus International Airport is the largest passenger airport in Central Ohio with 140 daily flights. Spread over acres, the airport has buildings throughout the grounds with active runways in between many of the buildings. These buildings while remote still require high speed connectivity and voice services.
The Shipping and Receiving building is located a half mile away from the main terminal and on the opposite side of active runways. The existing wireless system that was installed was suffering from a lack of capacity as well as serious Rf congestion as a result of operating in the 5GHz bands. Laying a fiber connection was problematic to say the least. In addition to the cost and time to trench a path to the remote building, it would have had to traverse the runways disrupting daily operations – an approach that was not considered viable.