Arqiva, the leading UK communications infrastructure company, said it has secured the exclusive access rights to street furniture across The Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames for the future deployment of telecommunications infrastructure.
The 10-year contract grants Arqiva access to around 15,000 lampposts across the borough, which it will be able to use for the deployment of small cell technology to help the UK mobile network operators (MNOs) to further expand mobile coverage and capacity over the coming years.
Small cells are units that can be installed onto street furniture and the sides of buildings to boost mobile capacity in areas where demand is particularly high or existing coverage is poor.
The deal represents Arqiva’s 13th concession of this kind in London, following similar contract wins in Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Hounslow, Islington, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth. Arqiva also has similar deals in Manchester, Southampton, Colchester, Eastbourne and Medway.
As the project commences, Arqiva will also deploy Wifi access points – mounted on lampposts – in high footfall areas across the borough to provide free public access to Wi-Fi services.