Freshwave expands Workspace partnership and covers 22 Bishopsgate
Written by: Richard Hook | Published:
22 Bishopsgate within London skyline view 22 Bishopsgate will become one of the largest London skyscrapers with multi-operator 4G mobile coverage (credit: Hayes Davidson)

Multi-operator mobile service provider Freshwave has announced new deals with flexible office specialist Workspace and 22 Bishopsgate owner AXA Investment Manager to expand network coverage across several London locations.

Freshwave said it will provide carrier-grade voice and 4G data coverage for all four mobile network operators (MNOs) with an upgrade path to 5G across what AXA describes as “London’s first vertical village”.

By installing a digital distributed antenna system (DAS), Freshwave said it will develop a “unique commercial model” that enables 14 occupiers across 28 floors of the 278-metre tower to simultaneously connect to a 4G network on request in all areas of the building.

One of London’s newest skyscrapers, which completed in 2020, 22 Bishopsgate comprises 1.275m sq ft of occupier space over 62 floors with access to 150,000 sq ft of amenity and community spaces, including a food market, climbing walls and an active commuter park which includes the largest bike parking facility in London, all of which will have multi-operator coverage as part of the deal.

Simon Frumkin, CEO of Freshwave, said: “We’re pleased to collaborate with the 22 Bishopsgate community directly to deliver the mobile service that is essential to doing business today.

“We’re always interested in coming up with commercial frameworks that work for everyone and this project was no exception. This approach will see occupiers able to access all the mobile connectivity services they need as part of our reliable managed service.”

Business critical

In a second deal, Freshwave has agreed to expand its multi-operator mobile connectivity offering to span 21 buildings operated by flexible offices group Workspace. Freshwave has installed a distributed antennae system in Salisbury House, one of Workspace’s largest properties, in Moorgate and connected Pall Mall Deposit in Notting Hill. The duo’s first project at Grand Union Studios in Ladbroke Grove has also been upgraded to 4G coverage.

Chris Boultwood, head of technology at Workspace, added: “Our relationship with Freshwave is hugely beneficial for our business and our customers that use our spaces. Reliable mobile connectivity is business critical and I know that Freshwave can be trusted to deliver multiple operators. The number of properties they’ve connected and manage for us speaks for itself.”

Freshwave has recently marked its second anniversary as a company and in the past year has completed the first live calls using the JOTS Neutral Host In-building mobile specification and helped Croydon become the first UK council to host an open access MNO model.


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