Arqiva Completes Canary Wharf Retail 4G Roll-out

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Crossrail Place, now complete with 4G coverage

Arqiva has completed the deployment of 4G mobile coverage to Canary Wharf Groups retail centres at Canada Place, Crossrail Place, and Jubilee Place. The 4G coverage complements the existing 2G and 3G coverage at Canada Place and Jubilee Place.

Arqiva has deployed future-proof in-building systems, which are designed to ensure a mobile signal when underground, in large buildings, or when there is heavy footfall, to provide commuters and shoppers with a seamless mobile experience.

The in-building technology was especially critical for Crossrail Place, as it is built into the dock and much of the building is underground and below water level, making it particularly difficult to receive radio signals. The new Canary Wharf Crossrail Station is expecting over 25m passengers a year, and the in-building technology has been built with the capacity to meet the demands of the heavy footfall.

The Arqiva Distributed Antenna System (DAS) will allow all mobile network operators (MNOs) to provide their mobile services through one set of transmission equipment. Arqiva’s technology is built to meet the latest industry standards such as MIMO (Multiple Input/ Multiple Output).

“People expect to connect wherever they are, and on from whatever device they have in their hands,” said Nicolas Ott, managing director telecoms & M2M at Arqiva. “Research from Arqiva revealed that 46 per cent of people are more likely to return to a store if they have connectivity, and one in three people will stay in the store for longer. Browsing the internet whilst shopping is critical to the consumer experience and to the retailer’s bottom line, so mobile connectivity is vital.”