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Celona Joins Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program


Celona’s unique architecture - powered by Qualcomm’s innovative 5G technology - gives municipalities across the United States a cost-effective solution to support a new generation of digital initiatives at scale across their communities


CUPERTINO, Calif. – June 24, 2021 - Celona, the leading innovator of private5G architecture solutions, today announced it is joining the Qualcomm® SmartCities Accelerator Program to fast track the digital transformation of smart cities and spaces. Powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ innovative and leading 5G solutions, Celona’s industry-first integrated solution architecture for private5G can help cities, municipalities and enterprises enable predictable wireless connectivity for the latest generation of digital initiatives.

“We see private 5G becoming a strategic asset for smart cities across the United States” said Mehmet Yavuz, co-founder and CTO of Celona. “Joining the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program is a testament to the unique solution our engineering team has been able to bring to market in record time. Our technology and go-to-market strategy have been designed to improve time-to-implementation via proven solutions across a growing set of technology ecosystem partners.”

Today, approximately 55% of the world’s population lives in cities, with that number to potentially reach 68% by 2050, according to the United Nations. Managing there sources and operations of so many large cities can only be cost-effective and efficient if they are automated and connected. This realization has prompted significant investment in order to achieve these technical goals. So much so that a recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan found global smart cities can spur $2.46 trillion in business opportunities by 2025 (September 2020).

As communities look to generate greater efficiencies, cost savings, safety, and sustainability in their municipal infrastructure, Celona offers them a solution that is available today to enable secure wireless connectivity to mobile andIoT initiatives provided by their technology providers and system integrator partners.  

Celona’s solution is the first-of-its kind to tightly integrate network and cellular wireless functions with AI orchestration. Based on an all-in-one platform and taking advantage of private spectrum options for private 5G, such as theCitizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum in the United States, its wireless solution delivers unprecedented range and predictability of operation to mobile devices and IoT infrastructure for smart cities, outdoor campus sites, enterprises, and industrial settings.

Launched in 2019 as part of the Qualcomm® Advantage Network, the Qualcomm Smart CitiesAccelerator Program is designed to connect cities, municipalities, government agencies, and enterprises with an ecosystem of providers to help deliver greater efficiencies, cost savings, safety, and sustainability. With proven expertise in commercially deployed solutions, program members include hardware and software providers, cloud solution providers, system integrators, design, and manufacturing companies, as well as those offering end-to-end smart city solutions. By connecting members looking for smart city solutions, the program aims to enrich lives through the accelerated transformation of city infrastructure and services across multiple verticals. 

Celona is pleased to join the Qualcomm Smart City Accelerator Program to contribute to Qualcomm Technologies’ growing ecosystem of hardware and software providers, cloud solution providers, system integrators, design and manufacturing companies.


“We are pleased to have Celona join the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program because together we can enable breakthroughs in private wireless and 5G connectivity and usher in a new era of possibilities for city infrastructure and connected services,” said Sanjeet Pandit, senior director, business development and Head of Smart Cities at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


“Celona’s unique enterprise-ready solution architecture powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ innovative and cutting-edge 5G solutions gives our IoT ecosystem access to the highest levels of predictability for their performance while providing a cost-effective solution for scaling the next generation of smart cities.”


QualcommTechnologies’ smart city solutions enable intelligent network connectivity and edge processing solutions in cities across the globe. With a full suite of wide- and local-area connectivity processing technologies, QualcommTechnologies helps to bring efficiency, safety, and innovation to fast-growing urban environments to empower cities to develop sustainable solutions that minimize total cost of ownership with an eye to the future.


As the cornerstone for Celona’s architecture, the company’s patent pendingMicroSlicing™ technology has been designed with critical applications and services in mind. By translating 5G Network Slicing principles to enterprise networks, MicroSlicing policies can be designed to support multiple use cases within the same private cellular network – from video surveillance cameras and in-vehicle connectivity to automated guided vehicle connectivity and privatePush-to-Talk and VoIP communications. With Celona MicroSlicing, smart cities and their partners can onboard new digital initiatives without requiring complete re-configuration and optimization of an existing wireless infrastructure.


To see Celona’s solution architecture and its unique MicroSlicing technology inaction, please visit celona.io/journey. Interested parties can also learn more by contacting Celona at hello@celona.io or by visiting Celona’s booth in Hall 2.1, Stand 2.1B22Ex at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from Monday, June 28 to Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Celona Media Contact: Jay Nichols, Nichols Communications, jay@nicholscomm.com

Celona Company Contact: David Callisch, Celona, david.callisch@celona.io