Multi-operator small cell solutions
Improving mobile coverage on campus and within buildings
2 years and 8 months
Ended 31 Aug 2017100%
£50k to £250k
Mobile phone signals are not uniformly good on campuses across the UK. Even in areas where the signal is strong, the materials of a given building may block that signal from penetrating and offering service indoors.
Furthermore, in the BYOD environment of the campus, signal coverage may be adequate for one provider, but poor for another, so some students or staff may have coverage and others not.
It has been possible for some time to supplement telephony coverage using femtocell or other small cell devices to boost the signal, but until recently these have been exclusively tied to a single operator, so only fix part of the problem.
This project seeks to help the market develop and demonstrate a multi-operator solution such that a deploying organisation can ‘fix’ coverage for the top operators required by their students.
By helping organisations achieve a uniformly good level of mobile coverage, they can ensure staff and students can be reached wherever they may be on campus, for voice text and data. This then allows the development of resources that rely on mobile platforms and need to uniformly delivered, such as security notification systems, timetabling applications, mobile VLEs etc.
What we're doing
We are working with new startups and companies active outside the UK to bring multi-operator capability to the UK market, where it has previously been unavailable other than by buying multiple duplicate single-operator solutions.
In this first phase we are supporting the creation of this product option in the UK by promoting the education use case both to hardware providers and the telephony operators that will need to adopt these platforms.
This work will lead to trial activities to demonstrate successful deployment. In future phases we contemplate setting up some kind of framework to drive down the costs of deploying this technology.
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This project ran until summer 2017