Cascais Neutral Host Network
Dense Air installs 5G infrastructure in Cascais.
07:04 15 December 2020
Cascais has recently become one of the first municipalities in Portugal to deploy 5G infrastructure following an agreement between Cascais City Council and Dense Air, which saw the installation of 5G infrastructure at the Estoril Congress Centre.
Dense Air operates a neutral host network and works on bridging the connectivity gaps in areas that are not typically prioritised by commercial mobile operators. It focuses on simplifying the installation process for multiple operators and reduces visual pollution and providing choices for consumers in the process.
Tony Boyle, Dense Air Portugal General Manager, commented: “This is another very significant milestone for Dense Air Portugal bringing neutral host 5G services to market. This 5G massive MIMO [multiple-input and multiple-output] site delivers gigabit services to 5G-enabled handsets and also acts as a donor to our innovative ‘Magic Box Small Cells’ able to deliver densified in-building coverage.”
The company, which uses the existing spectrum it holds in the 3.5GHz band, said that its new 5G site along with the installation of other strategically placed small cells will provide a cohesive 5G network for testing and validation of its neutral host proposition.
Paul Senior, CEO of Dense Air, said: “Once we’ve secured spectrum for the long-term, we will mass deploy across the whole of Portugal,”
“This is us getting ahead of the curve,” he added, noting that the company already has agreements in place with the cities of Lisbon and Porto.