Light Reading - February 19, 2018
The Lord will provide… mobile coverage? That's the hope of the UK government, which has struck a deal with the Church of England with a view to making more use of church towers and spires for antenna placement to achieve better rural mobile and broadband coverage in rural areas not blessed with decent connectivity, the BBC reports. But as Commscope SVP Phil Sorsky comments, this is not a wholly (or indeed holy) new idea, as there are already antennas installed both inside and outside church buildings. He states: "If we are to provide appropriate 5G coverage in the future, it is imperative that we leverage high points such as church spires, since the network densification required for 5G can only be achieved if we ensure agreement with those parties that already have such fixtures in situ, by virtue of their history." Amen to that, say UK operators, no doubt.