EE and Nokia boost mobile connectivity in Wimbledon

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EE and Nokia have significantly improved mobile connectivity in the Wimbledon area to support residents and visitors to the London district that’s home to one of the world’s most famous sports championships.

With the help of 17 existing 4G and 5G sites and a new small cell system, EE aims to provide high-capacity, high-speed mobile connectivity to half a million sports fans who visit Wimbledon each year.

In today’s digital age, staying connected has become a necessity, especially during major sporting events where capturing and sharing memorable moments is a common practice. However, such large events often grind mobile networks to a halt due to limited capacity.

EE has deployed small cells – essentially street-level masts – to support capacity in busy locations where constructing larger sites is impractical. By strategically placing these small cells, EE aims to ensure year-round coverage and minimise congestion to guarantee a seamless mobile experience for customers visiting SW19’s iconic sporting venue.

Greg McCall, Chief Networks Officer at EE-owner BT Group, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with Nokia to bring enhanced 4G mobile capacity to Wimbledon.

With over half a million visitors expected over the course of two weeks in July, our new small cell deployments will alleviate congestion and ensure that EE customers continue to benefit from the speed, reliability, and accessibility of London’s best mobile network*.”

EE utilises its licensed 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum to deliver improved capacity and speeds of up to 300Mbps.

This initiative in Wimbledon is part of EE’s broader commitment to delivering superior capacity and speeds throughout the country. Nationwide, EE has already deployed over 600 small cells in major towns, cities, and tourism hotspots.

EE says that it’s leveraging advanced network analytics to identify locations where additional sites are required. To further streamline the deployment process, EE makes use of existing street furniture, such as BT’s iconic red telephone boxes, to install small cells.

Additionally, ongoing trials are being conducted to ensure that all sites can be upgraded to accommodate EE’s future 5G network.

By enhancing 4G mobile connectivity in Wimbledon, EE is catering to the growing demand for seamless and reliable mobile communication during major events. The improved coverage and reduced congestion will enable sports fans to stay connected and share their experiences.

(Image Credit: EE)

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