- BAI Communications has been awarded by Transport for London with a 20-year concession to deliver mobile connectivity across the United Kingdom capital.
- The communications network that BAI will build and operate will fast-track London’s evolution as a smart city.
- A new high-capacity fibre network that will run throughout the underground premises of London will also enable fibre connectivity across the city.
BAI Communications has been awarded by Transport for London with a 20-year concession to deliver mobile connectivity across the United Kingdom capital.
BAI Communications then described this as the “most advanced and largest infrastructure project of its type in the world.” The company further added that this partnership is essential in providing a city-wide network to deliver multi-carrier cellular, WiFi, and fibre connectivity services.
“The 4G-enabled and 4G-ready communications network that BAI will build and operate as a neutral host for fixed and mobile operators will fast-track London’s evolution as a smart city,” the company also said.
The first phase of the project is composed of delivering a multi-carrier infrastructure. This infrastructure is said to support continuous 4G coverage across the London Underground’s stations and tunnels. One of the company’s objectives is to ensure that all stations and tunnels will have mobile coverage within the next four years.
According to the company, a new high-capacity fibre network that will run throughout the underground premises of the United Kingdom capital will also enable fibre service providers to provide connectivity to premises across the city. In this case, buildings and street assets housing small cells will be hooked up to support 5G and several Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The company also indicated its significant interest to bring this neutral-host model to Australia. Currently, BAI is already delivering infrastructure services for the broadcast sector of the country.
According to BAI Communications Australia’s CEO, Peter Lambourne, “The concession awarded by Transport for London is a significant milestone for BAI Communications. It demonstrates how valuable the neutral host model is in delivering next-generation connectivity solutions and is a great example of how we can expand our neutral host service offering around the world, including in Australia.”
“In Australia, the neutral host model is particularly important for regional communities as it enables mobile operators and transport authorities to deliver improved connectivity and choice while realising significant cost and operational benefits.”
“As the government continues to invest in Australia’s digital future, enabling improved mobile coverage is a key priority,” Lambourne further added. “BAI is well equipped to address these opportunities by growing our neutral host solutions locally, to help strengthen the connectivity landscape of Australia.”
With highly available communications networks provided by the company, connectivity across the country is viable and more seamless. In this way, both the government and various business sectors benefit from robust communications systems.