London’s angel court gets multi-operator 4G mobile coverage
The Angel Court development in London now has what is claimed to be UK’s first multi-operator digital DAS-based managed mobile 4G connectivity service, courtesy of developer Stanhope and network service provider the Freshwave Group.
The two companies have deployed a comprehensive 4G system, delivering high-quality mobile signal with minimum download speeds of 60Mbps and up to 200Mbps by connecting occupiers to leading UK mobile operators throughout the 300,000 sq ft building.
Poor quality mobile coverage is a major problem in modern buildings, which benefit from new environmentally friendly building materials and techniques that have the side effect of blocking mobile signals.
Angel Court is a recently completed 24-storey, mixed-use tower in the heart of London, which combines work and outdoor areas. Stanhope worked with the Freshwave Group’s indoor connectivity team StrattoOpencell to deploy an indoor mobile service providing occupiers, employees and visitors connectivity across all floors.
StrattoOpencell has delivered a neutral host managed service using mobile small cells and digital Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). Using technology approved for use by all four UK mobile network operators, it’s now possible to deliver 2G, 3G and 4G coverage with dedicated backhaul and an upgrade path to future 5G compatibility indoors.
“With 5G on the horizon it seems natural to believe that indoor coverage is no longer a concern. In fact, and especially in dense high-rise developments, it remains a challenge to provide occupiers with high-quality mobile coverage,” said Richard Bourne, CEO of StrattoOpencell. “It has been a privilege to work with Stanhope to ensure that buildings such as Angel Court can guarantee everyone network, and we are excited to collaborate with them on future projects.”
“Connectivity is an essential utility in any modern building and, having invested in one of the most eye-catching new developments in the City of London, it was essential to provide the same attention to detail when it came to ensuring mobile coverage,” said Nick Hiles, asset management director of Stanhope.
“This indoor mobile service provides the highest download speeds available on 4G, while also providing an upgrade path to 5G – ensuring Angel Court occupiers will benefit from the best possible mobile connectivity today and tomorrow.”
Stanhope is a property developer, investor and asset manager, which delivers major commercial and mixed-use developments in London and the South East. The Freshwave Group is a network service provider, which brings together mobile operators, public authorities and real estate providers to deliver both indoor and outdoor mobile coverage solutions.