Thursday, 17 December 2015 02:19

Manholes as Base Stations - Who Would Have Thought of That?

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Swisscom has in December deployed in-ground small cells as means to boost coverage in highly congested spots in cities, where obstruction from buildings makes it difficult for a single base station to serve users in every nook and corner of these dense environments. And to get this done, Swisscom is using existing manholes as points of installation, working with Ericsson and radio antenna specialist, Kathreinn.

The deployment marks the use of below ground infrastructure for wireless communications, and opens up to many new possibilities of deploying existing underground infrastructure for powering wireless connectivity. Will base stations dissapear from our skylines and join other utilities distribution infrastructure such as cable, water and electricity lines in the under world?


Ray is The Fast Mode's editor and content director. Ray has covered the wireless industry as a writer for more than 10 years, focusing on technology and business aspects of the telecoms sector. Ray can be reached at ray.sharma(at) Follow Ray at