In bid to liven up UK mobile phone coverage dead spots BT has launched a network of low-power wireless transmitters which it promises will improve reception without leaving blots on the landscape.
Microconnect TP is one of a group of services in BT Wholesale's portfolio of low-power, wireless offerings designed to provide localised coverage for mobile operators in urban locations and areas of natural beauty.
Based on small low-powered transmitters attached to telegraph poles, Microconnect TP aims to help mobile operators overcome 'patchy' coverage in areas where the signal from main antennas is either weak, distorted or obstructed.
The antennas are attached to existing telegraph poles and linked to discreet roadside cabinets which hold the base station equipment and power supply.
Paul Reynolds, chief executive of BT Wholesale, said: "The other major benefit of this is that we can boost coverage in hitherto difficult to reach urban areas by placing the small, inconspicuous, low power units on existing telegraph poles.
"The range of services we are developing using low-power antenna sites will bring benefits to the mobile phone operators, such as increased flexibility, speed of deployment and improved services for mobile phone users."
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