Those businesses clamouring for a 3G service are to be helped in their quest by the introduction of a quick 3G network roll-out solution from NTL Wireless Solutions.
NTL has developed small 3G antennas designed for urban areas, that can not only be fixed in discreet locations—such as lamp posts—but which only emit low-level radiation thus addressing user concerns over the emissions.
O2 is the first user of the CityCell antennas, and will use the antennas to boost its GSM and 3G mobile network coverage in Glasgow. Because the antennas will be fixed on low-level structures in Glasgow, including lampposts, they use less power and produce less radiation as a result. And, because the antennas can carry both GSM and 3G data, O2’s infrastructure costs for rolling out 3G will be reduced, possibly leading to more competitively-priced 3G services to users.
O2 say that it will also be using the antennas in urban areas in Northern Ireland. Alex Smyth, O2 area manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland, said NTL takes full responsibility for infrastructure deployment and maintenance, leaving the operator to concentrate on rolling out services.
The antennas are connected to existing NTL fibre in the ground, which carries users’ data back to central base stations for distribution.
This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia