For many people in the UK, good mobile phone signal is a necessary need to survive the day. From running businesses, making calls and arranging meetings, to staying in contact with family and friends, having good mobile phone signal is essential.
A recent survey reported that the UK was surprisingly ranked behind countries such as Romania, Albania, Peru and Mexico for its 4G mobile phone signal ranking 29th globally. In an effort to combat this, project beacon was introduced:
What Is Project Beacon?
In order to keep up with the ever increasing demand as customers become heavily reliant on smartphones and the 4G network, O2 and Vodafone decided to work collaboratively to boost mobile signal across the UK.
A joint venture for Vodafone and O2, Project Beacon is designed to improve the physical infrastructure of both networks. It means that if one area has better coverage for O2 then Vodafone can fit 2G, 3G and 4G mast equipment to the same masts to boost their own mobile signal. This also works the other way round in areas of better Vodafone connectivity.
When Will The Project Be Up And Running?
This multi-billion pound network improvement project is set to go live at the end of 2017 with both Vodafone and O2 dedicated to building their most reliable network yet. The two phone networks have been negotiating the multi-billion pound deal to share mobile masts since 2012. They have created this plan for sharing infrastructure via a joint venture known as CTIL (Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited). They have been renegotiating their terms in the hope of granting more independence to expand their networks.
How Will This Affect Mobile Phone Mast Landlords?
Both companies have spent money on removing duplicate mobile phone masts in certain locations and building new ones to enhance coverage elsewhere. According to the networks around 400 base stations are upgraded monthly under Project Beacon with an aim of around 18,500 masts established across one grid.
As a mobile phone mast landlord, you may find that your site is upgraded to house 2G, 3G or 4G mast equipment, or your mobile phone mast is removed altogether.
In order for you to gain control and security of your mobile mast perhaps you should consider working with APWireless. APWireless are actively purchasing the rental income streams generated by telecoms masts. Our model if very simple, we pay a large up-front capital sum in return for the right to receive the rent. We also assume the risk of the operator decommissioning of the installation or any rent reductions.