Axell Wireless Boosts Coverage in Narrow Streets Using "Indoor Solution"
Published on: 21st Jun 2011
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Axell Wireless says that it has delivered a unique solution for the provision of mobile network coverage throughout Male, capital of the island nation, the Maldives. Faced with narrow streets, tightly packed buildings and restrictions on cell towers, the company worked with mobile operator Wataniya Telecom Maldives to deliver coverage via distributed multi band digital repeaters linked to a 'base station hotel'.
The Maldives capital occupies an entire island which has been comprehensively developed. The narrow streets and dense built environment are not ideal for the RF (radio frequency) penetration required by mobile networks.
In what is believed to be the first installation of its kind, Axell Wireless solved Wataniya's problem by applying repeater technologies, which are normally associated with providing mobile coverage indoors. A central site has been equipped with a number of base stations that all receive and transmit via a single cell tower and these base stations are linked by fibre optic connections to Axell Wireless' multi-band repeaters. The repeaters are distributed around the island to create coverage 'clouds' where required. Additional base stations and repeaters can be added as more capacity is required.
Ian Brown, CEO, Axell Wireless, commented: "This was a challenging coverage issue that we addressed by using an outdoor coverage solution, fixed to a specific location, that is able to propagate network coverage over a wide area. Using this network design principle, mobile operators have the flexibility to provide additional coverage to meet capacity, and subscriber demand for voice and data services."