Feeds

BT hides mobile transmitters in street furniture

Preserving the aesthetics of Cheshire

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Seven Steps to Software Security

BT Wholesale has signed an agreement with Chester City Council and Cheshire County Council that will let it install low-powered mobile phone network transmitters from its Microconnect DA system on lampposts and street signs.

Once deployed, the micro-transmitters will mean better coverage for users of existing mobile phone services, in an area notorious for poor signal strength. The network could also clear the way for the introduction of new 3G applications.

The councils will receive no financial remuneration from BT. The teleco will instead provide in-kind support of the work of the local authorities, such as sponsorship of the area’s CCTV systems. The councils are also examining ways in which they may be able to make use of the technology.

Mark Rathbone,e-government manager at Chester City Council, told The Register: “This is not a case of an immediate deployment of technology, in is an agreement of principles between us and BT. BT is now undertaking radio surveys and working to establish demand for such a service from the mobile operators.”

He said the deal was done primarily to preserve the aesthetics of the city; but it is also vital that local signal quality improves.

BT says that when fixed at 4m above ground, exposure at street level is typically between 1,000 and one million times below that from a mobile phone. An enquiry line has been set up in case people have any comments about BT's distributed antenna system on 0800 389 3108. ®

Related Products
Find for your next phone in The Reg mobile store

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.