UK-based Virgin Media Business and infrastructure and broadcast transmission facilities provider Arqiva have announced a partnership under which they aim to ‘enable seamless 4G connectivity to city centres up and down the country’. Under the partnership, the companies have said that some of the UK’s largest cities, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and Southampton, will soon benefit from improved 4G access as they jointly work to make it simpler and faster to deploy small cells that will improve connectivity for people on the go.
With the companies noting that they are able to provide mobile network operators access to over 400,000 street assets, including lampposts and CCTV cameras, they said that combined with Virgin Media Business’s high capacity fibre network and Arqiva’s expertise in wireless transmission, this will provide an end-to-end solution for small cell deployment. British cellcos will reportedly then be able to use this service to extend the reach and depth of their networks, ensuring more people benefit from a high speed 4G experience.
Commenting on the development, Virgin Media Business’ marketing director Duncan Higgins said: ‘Small cell technology is a key way of tackling network capacity in built-up areas for mobile operators … By providing more capacity in city centres where we already have a large-scale fibre presence, we are able to provide a great service.’ Meanwhile, Nicolas Ott, managing director of telecoms at Arqiva, added: ‘Thanks to our partnership with Virgin Media Business, we are capable of providing mobile network operators a one-stop-shop and end-to-end connectivity service across the largest possible geographic area.’