London’s original skyscraper, Tower 42 has become the tallest building in the country to offer high-speed 4G access. The owners have teamed up with Vodafone to implement fully integrated network coverage across all 42 storeys of this City landmark.
Unlike any of the new skyscrapers to have opened in recent years, Tower 42 is the tallest building in the UK to boast this technology, which provides the quality and speed available to mobile devices from 4G. Other skyscrapers are fitted with 2G or 3G coverage, the previous slower-speed generation of mobile internet, but few, in development, are being designed to feature 4G.
Connected by 2,000 metres of fibre cabling the system is now live and provides 2G, 3G and 4G coverage across every floor to some 50 international companies, 2,500 people who work at the Tower and the 1,200 daily customers and visitors to the building’s restaurants.
Philip Lewis, Kirsh Group, commented on behalf of the owners: “This building was at the forefront of new technology when it opened in 1981 and it will continue to lead the way. If London is going to remain a location of choice, we need to ensure it offers global-leading technology systems to its business community. As a property owner, we take great pride in offering world class facilities and this high quality technology is critical to that commitment.”
Vodafone UK’s head of network Kye Prigg added: “We are delighted that Tower 42 invited us to partner with them to deliver the best service possible to our customers, in one of the busiest and most popular areas of London. With many of London’s skyscrapers now towering above our mobile network below, our engineers have to head for the heights in order to provide customers with a strong 4G signal. Increasingly, we are providing bespoke 4G systems to achieve this, as well as working out new ways to overcome modern designs, such as reflective glass which can divert radio waves.”
Tower 42 comprises 334,000 sq ft of office space, a Michelin starred restaurant (City Social) and the Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar.