A supplier of solar-powered waste compacting technology, Bigbelly, will contribute to enhancing wireless connectivity across UK cities via an integrated pole and antenna solution, Telebelly, intended to expand its service to the communities it serves.
The move will boost the growth of the UK’s small cell network – a series of small antennas attached to existing urban infrastructure within densely populated areas. It will also further pave the way for 5G, says the firm, by making it easier for telecommunication companies to deploy a faster and more reliable service without relying on large-scale mast installations.
Telebelly, which is 4G and 5G capable, will also reduce visual clutter associated with the growing number of small cells currently secured externally to fixed structures such as streetlights, as it is securely and internally housed.
The company anticipates interest in Telebelly from UK local authorities, which are seeking solutions for their public spaces that utliise, wherever possible, existing or multi-purpose infrastructure.
Emmett Reidy, Business Development Director for Egbert Taylor, which distributes Bigbelly in the UK, said her firm had “already established itself as a smart city solution for the way in which it has transformed local authorities’ approach to waste collection.”
He said the pole and antenna solution provides another dimension to the firm’s offering, and cements its position “as an integral component in any smart city strategy.”
Alex Gamota, Senior Vice President at Bigbelly, said: “We are excited to offer the Telebelly solution to our council and mobile network operator partners. The Telebelly has the power to improve connectivity and enhance the quality of life for those living and working in areas that have adopted the solution. Given how Bigbelly is typically utilised in densely populated areas where footfall is high, which is typically where increased telecoms coverage and capacity is required, there is a high degree of synergy between the public waste collection aspect of the system and Telebelly. This is a significant evolution and one that we’re confident will resonate with those responsible for shaping the smart cities of tomorrow.”
Councils, mobile network operators and other third parties are now able to consider the existing 2,500 Bigbelly units in operation across the UK, as well as new locations, for potential Telebelly sites. Wherever a public waste bin is appropriate, a Telebelly may be the solution to hide small cells in plain sight.
For more information on Telebelly and Bigbelly visit www.bigbelly.com.