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THE ROYAL COLLEAGE OF SURGEONS PROJECT

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Indoor mobile coverage for education

Background

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s prestigious New Academic Educational Building (NAEB) in Dublin stands five storeys tall and occupies four basement levels. Costing €80m and with a total area of approximately 12,000m2, the building is constructed primarily of concrete frame with structural steel elements and accommodates surgical training, clinical simulation facilities, a 540-seat lecture theatre, a range of training rooms, a 600-student library, a sports hall and a gym.

Challenges and considerations

What became apparent during the construction, however, was that the building largely failed to support reliable in-building cellular coverage because:

  • nearly 50% of the building is effectively underground
  • the above-ground areas are shielded from solar heat gain by an additional external anodized mesh

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) chose Vilicom as their partner to design and install a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to achieve the goal of introducing optimum coverage throughout the new building, from the fourth basement level all the way to the top fifth floor!

Our goal was to introduce optimum coverage, from the fourth basement level all the way to the top fifth floor.

Solutions and delivery

As part of our commitment to deliver genuinely end-to-end projects, Vilicom took responsibility for:

  • the design and installation of the system
  • the procurement of materials
  • the commissioning of the repeater-fed passive multi-operator system…
  • which now delivers 3G and 4G – and ultimately 5G – coverage to all nine floors

The installation was challenging as we were working on a live construction site alongside other contractors, all with their own competing priorities. However, through focused project management and close co-operation with the main contractor, the project was delivered on time and within budget.

Technical summary

Vilicom’s DAS solution comprised:

  • 52 antennae
  • over 1200m of coaxial cable
  • 50+ couplers
  • dedicated 3G/4G repeater per operator
  • 3G/4G multi-operator front end combiner

Contact

For further information or to discuss further technical specs, please contact Gearoid Collins at gearoid.collins@vilicom.com

About Vilicom

Vilicom is an expert provider of wireless services with over seventeen years of experience in the analysis, design, test and implementation of wireless networks. Vilicom’s strengths lie in technology strategy consulting, the design of wireless networks, transmission network design, implementation of specialised coverage solutions and network benchmarking and testing. Vilicom has delivered its trademark end-to-end services in over 20 countries for network operators, network equipment vendors, industry regulators and investors. It delivers value for its customers by adopting a flexible, customer-focused approach, retaining cutting-edge expertise and maintaining its independence.