Arqiva Secures Exclusive Rights to Deploy Small Cells over 15k Lampposts in London

Arqiva Secures Exclusive Rights to Deploy Small Cells over 15k Lampposts in London Image Credit: Arqiva

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.

Nicolas Ott, Managing Director of Telecoms & M2M, Arqiva
Sufficient outdoor connectivity is fast becoming a prerequisite of London-living, hence our dedication to delivering the infrastructure needed to serve all Londoners with fast, seamless and consistent mobile coverage on the move. Street furniture such as lampposts has a crucial role to play in providing 4G signal to densely populated areas now, and preparing for mobile 5G in a few years.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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