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Cell:cm negotiates major deal to bring 4G to Greater Manchester

One of Cell:cm’s top clients, Bruntwood, has signed a deal with Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited (CTIL), that will see Greater Manchester businesses and residents become 4G enabled. CTIL is the company created to manage the single grid network of installations previously belonging to Vodafone and Telefónica. The 10 year contract will see CTIL place 4G…
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Ofcom reveals bidders for UK 4G auction

UK regulator Ofcom has revealed the line-up of bidders which will take part in the long awaited LTE spectrum auction starting next month, with no fewer than seven firms planning to compete for 2.6GHz and/or 800MHz frequencies, cell:cm has learned. Rethink Wireless reports seven firms will take part in the sale of 2.6GHz and 800MHz spectrum…
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Ofcom sets reserve in 4G auctions

UK regulator Ofcom has announced that the total reserve price for its much delayed auction of 4G spectrum will be £1.3bn ($2bn). The organization has published its final auction rules and set a provisional deadline for applications of December 11, Cell:cm has learned. Rethink Wireless reports the auction should take place i nearly 2013, enabling…
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UK’s largest cellco gets government help with 4G

Everything Everywhere announces 1.8GHz LTE plans under ‘EE’ brand, as government works to avert legal challenges, Cell:cm has learned. Rethink Wireless reports the UK government played a key role in giving the country’s largest cellco, Everything Everywhere (EE), an open road to launch LTE services before year end. EE announced its plans on Tuesday, promising…
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Are macro sites under threat as 4G Networks to be built with small cells?

Cell:cm has learned the new mobile network will be built on small cells, and this month’s Mobile World Congress will feature scores of shrunken, low power base stations designed to boost capacity and quality of service for rising tides of data. These metrocells are becoming a commercial reality, many of them drawing on techniques pioneered…
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Local council pays the cost of planning permission refusal

A decision by councillors to refuse permission for a mobile phone mast will cost Counciltax payers in Tameside, Manchester, Cell:cm has learned. News reports from 103.6fm Tameside Radio say a legal bill expected to total several thousand pounds is expected at the Tameside Council Offices in the near future, after the Planning Inspectorate determined Tameside…
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Ofcom announces “Not Spot” coverage proposals and a fourth operator in 4G Auctions

Ofcom has revised proposals for its fourth-generation mobile spectrum auction, adding measures that could bring coverage to 98% of the UK, Cell:cm Chartered Surveyors has learned. In a statement, Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said: “We are proposing a significant enhancement of mobile broadband, extending 4G coverage beyond levels of existing 2G coverage – helping…
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How many operators can share a site?

There are six major UK wireless network operators: Three, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone operate publicly available networks. The sixth one, Airwave, operates an emergency services only network. It is not unusual to find all six operators with installations on one tower or clustered together on one rooftop.

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How many years is a normal telecoms lease?

Telecoms lettings typically vary from five years to twenty five years. It is important to look out for any early break options that an operator might request.

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Government announces £150 million investment in improving mobile phone coverage

Chancellor George Osbourne this week announced that the Government will invest up to £150 million to improve mobile coverage in the UK. This procurement will begin in 2012 and aims to extend mobile service coverage to 99 per cent of the UK population, especially improving coverage to the  5 -10 per cent of consumers and businesses that…
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