Cambridge-based Systems Integrator Herbert has deployed Zinwave’s UNItivity distributed antenna system (DAS) to eliminate mobile phone coverage issues at Sky’s headquarters
New building structures can make it extremely difficult to provide ubiquitous in-building wireless services, with 4G signal often unable to penetrate building walls as well as 2G or 3G services. For Sky, the biggest area of concern involved the second phase of the development, Sky Central, a modern mixed-use scheme with a combined total area of approximately 46,000sqm. Set over three floors, encompassing office space, a studio and also production facilities, together with research and development zones, it was paramount that Sky was able to provide a consistent, strong signal source. Employees need to be able to use their mobile devices, connect to the internet and communicate wirelessly wherever they are on campus.
Martin Eddleston, Planning & Delivery Manager – Network Implementation at Sky said; “Sky is very forward thinking and technically capable, and had the foresight to install single operator DAS in our existing buildings on campus, but when it came to our new Sky Central building, we wanted multi-operator coverage to cope with user volumes and multiple Mobile Network Operators throughout this much larger building. With the number of colleagues occupying our new building and the importance of mobile communications, it was imperative that a scalable, high performing and future proof solution was selected. Zinwave UNItivity met the desired criteria, with Herbert pulling-out all the stops with the project scoping, implementation and in-building integration in the timescales required”.
Zinwave UNItivity was selected as the preferred coverage solution because of its ability to support multiple mobile operators (EE, O2 & Vodafone) and services (2G, 3G & 4G) and frequencies, making it the most cost-effective and technically-capable solution for Sky. It is flexible and scalable, enabling the rollout of additional services, such as 5G, to be quickly implemented without needing any hardware replacements or cabling refits, offering future-proofing advantages and delivering rapid return on investment (ROI). In addition, Zinwave UNItivity is the only solution that can provide consistent mobile phone coverage inside metal lifts.
The solution was scoped, installed and commissioned by Herbert In-Building Wireless, an established supplier of class leading productivity solutions to major organisations in the UK, and Zinwave’s preferred UK channel partner.
Scott Willis, CEO of Zinwave said; “We are extremely pleased that Sky has been able to eliminate all mobile ‘not-spots’ with our in-building wireless solution. Dense building materials are a common barrier for mobile signals, which can cause a number of problems in a world that increasingly relies on ubiquitous coverage. Our solution is built to overcome these issues, directing all mobile signals to exactly where they’re needed, ensuring seamless communications at all times.”
Mark Channen, Marketing Director at Herbert said; “Sky is an innovator in all that they do, and it is the implementation of innovative turn-key solutions such as the Zinwave UNItivity product that we scoped for them, that ultimately keeps their business at the forefront. Professional and guaranteed communication drives business workflow and productivity at all times with UNItivity.”
Meeting public safety requirements was also key for Sky. Today’s building owners are also often obliged to optimise wireless coverage in their facilities to ensure the safety of emergency service personnel in their day-to-day activities as well as in emergency situations. Zinwave UNItivity provides mobile and public safety access services, delivering an end-to-end all fibre solution on a single converged system within the building.
Further information on Sky’s new building, and the Zinwave solution offered through Herbert, can be found by following this link:
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Zinwave’s UNItivity platform is the only truly future-proof, universal wireless access solution on the market. UNItivity’s unique wideband architecture breaks the cycle of endless DAS upgrades because it supports any frequency from 150 MHz to 2700 MHz, accommodating current and future wireless services without hardware upgrades. In addition, UNItivity’s streamlined, all-fibre architecture makes it more reliable and much easier to install than traditional DAS solutions. Zinwave has a global customer base. For more information about Zinwave, please visit www.zinwave.com.
About Herbert In-Building Wireless
Herbert is an established provider of class-leading technology based solutions to major organisations in fast moving industries in the UK. Focused on business improvement, Herbert solutions are designed to increase productivity and provide clients with a competitive edge.
Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, serving 22 million customers across five countries: UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. We offer the best and broadest range of content, deliver market-leading customer service and use innovative new technology to give customers a better TV experience, whenever and wherever they choose.
Sky has annual revenues of £12 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with a combined programming budget of £5.2 billion. The group employs 30,000 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).