Powerful partnerships bring outdoor small cell pilot to the City of London 

Freshwave is upgrading existing infrastructure in the Square Mile to make it capable of delivering multi-operator 4G and 5G connectivity at street level using dark fibre and small cells.

Freshwave’s end-to-end bespoke design was specifically developed to fit precise design requirements from both the City of London Corporation and all four mobile network operators

Working with City of London Corporation and concession holder Cornerstone, we’re installing or upgrading City Corporation street assets, such as lamp posts, so that the same asset can be used by multiple mobile network operators. Using small cell technology, which enhances 4G and 5G connectivity, the 10-site pilot runs along Queen Victoria Street and will deliver an improved user experience for mobile users within the pilot area from October 2022.

A place rich in history looks to the future

If the pilot is successful, the ambition is for a City-wide deployment that will deliver faster 4G and 5G mobile connectivity speeds across the Square Mile.


200+ node locations planned in the Square Mile, the densest deployment of small cells 
in the UK

3,360 km

3,360 km of dark fibre deployed across the Square Mile as part of the network


300,000+ people travel to the 
Square Mile to work

Future-proofing the City Corporation's small cell communication infrastructure

Infrastructure works are critical but can be disruptive for workers, visitors and residents. Everyone involved in the pilot, such as cabinet installation contractors and ancient monument archaeologists, is working together to make the most of the permits secured and keep disruption to a minimum.

We’re making use of existing street infrastructure wherever possible and our neutral host approach allows multiple mobile network operators to share the same street assets.

Outdoor small cells

This new deal will activate a 5G infrastructure pilot to all mobile networks this year which will make the City even more accessible and better connected for visitors, workers and residents. It is helping to drive forward momentum in the Square Mile’s recovery from the pandemic and will boost the City’s attractiveness for talent.

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Outdoor small cells

Outdoor small cells

Outdoor small cells enhance mobile coverage in busy urban areas where the number of people and things using the signal may put too much demand on the nearest mast. The cells can often be added to existing street assets like lamp posts.

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