A city's telecommunications infrastructure, in its many and varied forms, is an essential part of the smart city fabric. A resilient, efficient, flexible network contributes to a city's economic competitiveness, to the well-being and convenience of a smart city's citizens and to the connectivity that enables the technologies that support smart city services and operations.
A sound telecommunications network affects every aspect of urban life. Electric and water utilities would be unable to function without one. How would police, fire and other first responder agencies respond to emergencies large or small to protect the public if they were unable to communicate?
A smart telecommunications network, like a smart transportation network, also helps businesses grow and attract new businesses because they know they can count on the telecommunications network to support their operations and deliver the goods and services they provide.
In this section we detail smart telecommunications applications that cities seeking to become smart cities may want to consider.