EE is now delivering enhanced 4G mobile connectivity to the Wimbledon area via 17 existing 4G and 5G sites as well as a new small cell system, designed to improve coverage and minimise congestion when the area is busy.
With over half a million sports fans visiting every year, the need for high-capacity, high-speed mobile connectivity is essential in ensuring visitors can stay connected to friends and family, as well as seamlessly capture and share the memorable moments so often conjured up at any major sporting events which tend to take place in the area.
Small cells are essentially street-level mobile masts which are deployed to support capacity in busy locations where it is impractical to build larger sites. In Wimbledon, EE’s small cells are located to support all year-round coverage for customers visiting SW19’s most famous sporting venue.
Greg McCall, Chief Networks Officer, BT Group: “We’re delighted to be working with Nokia to bring enhanced 4G mobile capacity to Wimbledon. With over half a million visitors expected over the course of two weeks in July, our new small cell deployments will alleviate congestion and ensure that EE customers continue to benefit from the speed, reliability and accessibility of London’s best mobile network.
EE has worked closely with Nokia to deploy the solutions, which uses its licenced 1800MHz and 2600Mhz spectrum to deliver standout capacity and speeds of up to 300Mbps.
The installation of small cells in Wimbledon is part of EE’s wider commitment to delivering the very best capacity and speeds across the country, with over 600 such deployments now in place nationwide in major towns and cities, as well as tourism hotspots. Advanced network analytics help to identify where sites are required, with EE then taking advantage of existing street furniture such as BT’s iconic red telephone boxes to install small cells. Trials are also ongoing to ensure that all sites can be upgraded to accommodate EE’s 5G network in the future.