Vodafone has installed a ‘4G mini mast’ in Cornwall which it says will help speed up the deployment of superfast LTE networks in rural areas.
The mast is just eight metres high at its tallest point – half the size of a standard mast – and can be painted to blend in with its surroundings, meaning it also satisfies local environmental considerations. It also does not require a large cabinet to host power supply and electrical equipment.
Installation takes just six months, which is a third of the time it takes for a normal mast, something which should help operators rapidly expand their infrastructure to more rural areas.
Rural 4G coverage
The first location is Porthcurno, on the southern Cornish coast, which is in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has struggled to achieve a consistent voice signal in the past. Residents can now access speeds of up to 200Mbps.
Vodafone believes the technology could be used to connect rural hotels, leisure and retail parks, and tourist attractions, incentivising customers to make a visit.
“We’re working hard to connect customers across the UK and our new mini mast will help provide 4G in places where other networks struggle to reach, while minimising the visual and environmental impact,” said Scott Petty, Vodafone CTO.
This article was sourced fromTechRadar