following has been submitted as a guest post to CommScope Blogs by Kye Prigg,
Head of Networks, Vodafone UK. Opinions and comments provided in this guest
post, as with all posts to CommScope Blogs, are that of the author and do not
necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)
Bath, a town set in the
rolling countryside of southwest England, is well known for its natural hot
springs and 18th century Georgian architecture. Designated as an area of outstanding beauty,
it’s no wonder nearly one million
visit the city each year.
city is also frequented by thousands of students annually. Aside from the stunning historical landscape,
academic challenge and nightlife, students at Bath Spa University at Newton Park
can also enjoy a high-speed mobile data service.
savvy students, who own multiple
devices, expect to be able to access learning material using their smartphones,
tablets and laptops. This
mobile-first generation will most likely use two to three times as much
data as the typical user. To cater to the always-on mindset, Bath Spa University at Newton Park,
which houses a number of the university’s 7,500 students, has become the second
location in the UK to receive Vodafone’s new and unique 4G mini mobile masts - known as CommScope’s Metro
At half the
height of a standard mast, the telescopic mini mast is painted to blend in with
its environment and, unlike other mobile masts, it does not require a large
technology cabinet to house the power supply and electronics.
“Being based in a rural setting, ensuring good
mobile coverage is vital for our students and staff. This
additional mast is in line with local planning rules, and is
improving coverage both on campus and for our neighbours,” said Neil Latham,
the University’s Chief Operating Officer.
future-proof digital communications network in a world heritage site is not
without its challenges. I’m delighted that by working closely with Bath Spa
University, local authorities and residents, we are building a network that
Bath can be proud of, while minimising the aesthetic impact on the ancient
city. Our new mini mobile mast is just one of many new ways we are ensuring
that Bath gets first rate mobile connectivity, without impacting its historic
VOXI – Vodafone’s mobile network for under 30s – will receive unlimited data
for social media apps as well as superfast data speeds.