Nothing quite compares to the picturesque scenery that can be enjoyed in many Areas of outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) throughout the UK. It’s a shame however, that the same cannot be said for the networks in AONB, areas such as Porthcurno, Cornwall. The battle between minimising the visual and environmental impact of mobile masts and being able to deliver reliable and effective coverage to residents and tourists, has been somewhat of an uphill struggle. But Vodafone says it has successfully trailed a solution that may alleviate these issues entirely.
Mobile Operator Vodafone claims to be successfully delivering Mobile Broadband speed in excess of 200Mbps, as well as residents benefitting from strong voice signal, but that’s not all… The company, who developed the new mini masts in partnership with CommScope, also recognises the convenience of the mini mast. The telescopic design stands at just 8 metres high, once fully extended, which makes it around half the height of the shortest standard mast. In order to blend in to its environment, the company say that the mini mast can also be painted. The mast also does not require a large technology cabinet to house the power supply and electronics.
The company say the mast is going to be targeted to help serve specific locations, such as rural hotels, leisure and retail parks, and tourist attractions. The maker professes the masts will be ‘much quicker’ to install, taking around six months to become fully operational as opposed to a year and a half to install a standard mast.
Scott Petty, CTO, Vodafone adds, “We’re working hard to connect customers across the UK and our new mini mast will help provide 4G in places where other networks struggle to reach, whilst minimising the visual and environmental impact. It forms part of our major investment in our network and services to provide our customers reliable coverage where they live, work and travel.”
Derek Thomas, MP for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (St Ives), commented further saying, “The quality of mobile phone signal in West Cornwall is a subject that is regularly raised with me, as is the need to protect and preserve the countryside. This new mast offers the opportunity to reduce the visual impact of phone masts, whilst addressing people’s desire for improved connectivity. I’m pleased that the Vodafone mini mast is now in place and welcome any additional innovations that enable us to stay connected.”