Pioneering open access model empowers a multi-operator approach for outdoor small cells.
In a first for a local authority in the UK, we helped Croydon Council to pioneer an open access model which means all four mobile network operators can easily access the same council-owned assets when deploying outdoor small cells.
The first part of the open access project was such a success that over 50 new sites were added to enhance 4G mobile signal in other parts of Croydon. The project will also help speed the adoption of 5G technology in the future.
Approximate area covered in Croydon to date by our deployments
To pioneer the open access model
Freshwave has signed open access agreements with more than a dozen other local authorities
Working closely with the MNOs and DCMS, we helped Croydon Council develop a fair and transparent engagement process that has been adopted by many local authorities nationwide, and has ultimately become the foundation of the open access model. It reduces the barriers for mobile network operators to access council-owned street furniture, whilst speeding up the adoption and installation of new mobile technologies.
Open access is an efficient way of working in collaboration with the telecoms industry, which in turn improves connectivity for the community and helps attract commercial investment to the area.
And our proven and reliable design process ensures there are no dropped calls, providing residents, visitors and workers with a world-class connected experience.
Head of Digital Services, Access & Reach at Croydon Digital Service
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.