Arqiva partners with Kingston-Upon-Thames
Written by: Philip Mason | Published:

Arqiva has gained exclusive use of lampposts in the Royal Borough Kingston-Upon-Thames for the future deployment of telecoms infrastructure, including small cells and WiFi access points.

The ten-year contract will give the company access to 15,000 pieces of street furniture. The deal represents Arqiva’s thirteenth concession of this kind in the UK, with other locations including Camden, Hammersmith, Manchester and Southampton.

Speaking of the partnership with Kingston-Upon-Thames, Arqiva MD Nicolas Ott said: “Sufficient outdoor connectivity is fast becoming a prerequisite of London-living.

“Street furniture such as lampposts has a crucial role to play in providing 4G signal to densely populated areas now, and in preparation for mobile 5G in a few years. Furthermore, street furniture is integral to the future delivery of 5G fixed wireless access broadband to homes.”

Head of planning and regeneration at Kingston Council Viv Evans said: “Kingston-Upon-Thames attracts 20 million visitors each year, as well as being a focus for major regeneration with more and more businesses choosing to invest here. It is therefore crucial that our outdoor connectivity is as good as it can be.”

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