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Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 (10:26 am) - Score 1,206
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Wireless infrastructure builder Arqiva has signed their 12th London Borough street furniture concession contract, which gives them exclusive access rights to street furniture across Lambeth. As a result around 15,000 lampposts can now be used to improve 4G Mobile network coverage.

The contract itself, which is granted for 10 years, will be used to deploy more small cells (low-powered radio access nodes) around the borough and this in turn should enhance 4G mobile coverage and capacity. In the future, these small cells could also become crucial to the delivery of 5G services.

Arqiva already holds similar contracts for other parts of London including Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Hounslow, Islington, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth. On top of that they’ve signed related deals in Manchester, Southampton, Colchester, Eastbourne and Medway.

Nicolas Ott, MD of Telecoms & M2M at Arqiva, said:

“Today’s consumers and businesses are heavily reliant on a fast, uninterrupted mobile connection – it is a necessity for everyone.

Building on our strong heritage in this area, Arqiva is delighted to be working with Lambeth Council in leveraging their street infrastructure for the roll-out of small cells on behalf of the mobile operators in the years to come, when and where it will be needed to increase mobile coverage or capacity.

It will allow Lambeth citizens, consumers, visitors and businesses to be better informed, entertained and connected on-the-go. It is also an integral key step in Arqiva’s strategy to be central to the UK’s telecommunications infrastructure – today in 4G, tomorrow in 5G.”

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2 Responses
  1. Avatar Chris P

    Opportunistic move there by Arqiva.
    I assume that’s exclusive access to the posts. I wonder if the councils care that they are reducing competition and therefore choice dog their residents and also possibly letting the contracts go for less than the correct market value.

    I guess Arqiva are hoping the mobile companies will choose to partner with them for access therefore guaranteeing them future revenue, instead of setting up their own mobile service.

  2. Avatar Gregg McKenzie

    September 2017 John Nolan spontaneously combusts in a Haringery street! 5G?

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