City of Wolverhampton Council has facilitated the roll out of the first BT small cells units on its street furniture in the city as part of its Digital infrastructure Strategy.

Small cells are wireless transmitters and receivers designed to provide mobile coverage in high footfall areas and will boost and improve 4G mobile connectivity across the city. 

The EE small cells will boost mobile capacity in high demand areas to provide better coverage and data transfer speeds at street level.  The cells will support delivery of news, media and information that the user needs even if it’s a HD movie or a news announcement.  

The first phase has seen 11 devices installed in and around the city centre which will go live over the coming months and provide an important precursor to supporting 5G network coverage in the future.  Further small cells will be rolled out over the next 12 months.

Councillor Obaida Ahmed, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Resources and Digital City, said: “Our city strategy is aimed at improving digital infrastructure and capability as an important driver of economic and business growth – helping increase employability for city residents.

“Demands for mobile connectivity at faster speeds, on the move streaming and instant access are set to grow even more over the next few years.

“Our digital infrastructure priorities will provide the backbone of a modern thriving economy driven by productivity, spreading growth and providing efficient public services.”

Alex Tempest, Managing Director for BT Wholesale, said: “We have already delivered over 1,000 small cells that are live and helping to boost mobile coverage for our mobile network operator (MNO) partners in towns and cities across the UK.

“We have worked closely with the City of Wolverhampton Council to utilise their street furniture, to improve connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors across the city.

“Ensuring good digital infrastructure is a priority for many councils, especially with the rise in mobile device ownership and growth in demand for data and connectivity, and they have seen the benefits that such partnerships can provide.

“Not only does it mean that average download speeds can often double in some areas, but it’s also more efficient and means there is a reduced need for new cell masts in the localities.

“We’re pleased to be working with the City of Wolverhampton and the mobile network operators to deliver this coverage boost.”