Cobham Wireless partners with Vodafone and Telefonica to deploy world’s first intelligent digital DAS system covering Berlin’s Fan Mile. System debuts on New Year’s Eve, facilitating a street party attended by one million people.
Chesham, UK - Cobham Wireless, a global leader in the
provision of advanced wireless coverage and mobile communication
systems, has announced the deployment of its revolutionary,
capacity-centric, intelligent digital DAS (idDAS) into Berlin's Fan
Mile. The deployment, launched on New Year's Eve 2015, enables
Vodafone and Telefónica customers to access, not only 3G (UMTS),
but high-bandwidth 4G (LTE) services on the thoroughfare for the
On its first day of full operation, the system successfully
provided 3G and 4G coverage to the world's largest New Year's Eve
event, with over one million visitors attending a party on the Fan
Mile. Later in the year, idDAS will enable reliable cellular
coverage for hundreds of thousands of visitors attending events at
the venue including the screening of the 2016 UEFA European
Stretching through the centre of Berlin to the Brandenburg Gate,
the Fan Mile has traditionally proved an extremely challenging
environment for the provision of reliable cellular coverage and
capacity, due to the strict planning regulations prohibiting the
use of visible cellular equipment combined with the huge number of
attendees at large events.
To increase provision for their customers, Vodafone and
Telefónica partnered to deploy the first live Cobham Wireless idDAS
system. Cobham Wireless, with their experienced Berlin integration
partner SXF-Plan, took a base station hotel 25km away from the site
and connected it, via fibre cabling, to 27 idDAS digital remote
units concealed from view in underground enclosures along the
length of the street and around the Brandenburg Gate. This
architecture minimises both CAPEX and OPEX costs for each
individual operator and is able to be expanded with more capacity
and more frequencies, to incorporate other carriers or route
high-bandwidth services to nearby venues, as required.
Ian Langley, Vice President and General Manager, Cobham Wireless
said: "This first deployment of idDAS perfectly demonstrates the
abilities of the technology to supply high-bandwidth services to
hundreds of thousands of people, while saving operators both CAPEX
and OPEX costs.
"This revolutionary Cloud-RAN supporting technology has the
power to bring inner-city cellular coverage to a new level,
providing close to 100% coverage in areas traditionally suffering
from environmental or capacity issues."
"We are immensely proud to lead the way with this new technology
and provide our customers with high-bandwidth services no matter
how challenging the environment," said Enrico Schadock, Vodafone.
"Following the successful launch of this service we will now look
to expand the scope of the system to utilise the full capabilities
of this technology, and shift the capacity from the base station
hotel to other sites as required."
Matthias Johannes, Group Leader Business & Special
Solutions, Telefónica Germany added: "This new and intelligent
technology helps us to meet the demands of a modern and high-speed
cellular network. With Cobham Wireless's idDAS it will be the first
time we can flexibly shift our capacity to important hot-spots when
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