Building masts is the obvious way to improve mobile coverage in busy locations, but what do you do when you can’t build a mast?
How do you make sure tourist hotspots visited by millions of people each year can keep up with the demand of all those social media posts and even cope when it’s busier than normal? One solution is small cell technology, already being used across London landmark Trafalgar Square.
Seven shoebox-sized Ericsson units, which deliver Vodafone 4G coverage, have been permanently placed on lampposts around the tourist destination by Ontix, a UK-based wireless infrastructure company working alongside Westminster City Council. Vodafone customers who attended an open-air concert this summer benefited from these clever little boxes first hand without even knowing it.
When Trafalgar Square hosted West End LIVE, a free event which showcases top West End musicals earlier this summer, the units not only coped with a dramatic surge in mobile data demand, they also delivered amazing results. Monitoring by mobile coverage surveyors Inakalum during the event, saw Vodafone 4G network reach average download speeds of over 43Mbps. All whilst our customers used enough data across the event combined to download the complete soundtrack of a top west end musical nearly 3000 times.*