Cities are connected spaces. However, high demand can put a strain on quality of service. One way to improve network coverage and quality is to install small cells, boxes measuring several dozen centimetres in height that boost network coverage in their vicinity.
In Amsterdam, JCDecaux, Vodafone and Alcatel-Lucent pooled their expertise to install 200 small cells in the heart of the city.
Vodafone provided its expert knowledge of fixed and mobile communication networks. The small cells themselves were designed by Alcatel-Lucent. Each cell can support approximately 200 simultaneous connections up to a distance of 600 metres. JCDecaux provided the locations—200 tram stops ideally situated in high-traffic areas—and was in charge of connecting the small cells to the network and integrating them with the stops.
In the end, all of the 4G relay transmitters were seamlessly integrated into their environment, in proximity to users and network demand.