Canterbury 5G Mast Approved
Canterbury city council approves application to build a 65ft mast in Rheims Way.
07:40 05 January 2022
Mobile infrastructure services company Cornerstone has received the approval for its application for a 5G mast in Canterbury. The mast, which is intended to boost phone coverage for Telefonica in the area, will be built in Rheims Way.
In the application documents, Cornerstone said that the imposing height of 20m is "essential in order to provide equivalent replacement coverage to the target coverage area."
It added: “The existing radio base station has been in situ on Rheims Way for a number of years and has become an established part of the streetscene.
“Technology advances - including 5G service provision - and additional demands on the operator’s mobile network system in the area have meant that additional antennas need to be installed to facilitate all the data that is required to be carried for mobile superfast broadband.
“This enables customers to continue to be able to use their handheld devices for the purposes in which they have become accustomed, and now rely on in the modern world we live in, a similar scenario to the reliance on gas and electricity.
“However, this new technology and the design of the antennas required for 5G means that the existing column is not able to support this new technology and therefore a new slightly bigger column is required.”