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THE CENTRAL BANK OF IRELAND PROJECT

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Indoor mobile coverage for real estate

Background

The iconic new Central Bank of Ireland headquarters in Dublin City stands eight storeys tall and occupies two basement levels. With a total area of approximately 29,000m2 and completed to the highest standards of energy conservation and sustainability, this prestigious building is ‘home’ to more than 1500 employees. However, cellular coverage proved to be almost non-existent throughout the premises, severely compromising wireless communication for both business and personal purposes.

Challenges and considerations

The Central Bank chose Vilicom as their partner to solve the building’s shielding problems and bring coverage and capacity back to optimal levels. Consulting with original architects Henry J Lyons at the internal building fit-out stage, we learnt that the building was ‘insulated’ by a simple but sophisticated glass skin which in turn was protected and shielded from glare and solar heat gain by an outer layer of anodized aluminium triangular mesh panels.

The design used high performance, long life materials to create a highly sustainable and energy efficient building. So in order to bring the new essential utility of mobile coverage into the workplace, we specified a Multi-Operator Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to connect employees – from the deepest subterranean basement all the way to the top floor – with the outside world.

Cellular coverage proved to be almost non-existent throughout the premises.

Solutions and delivery

Over the course of just eight months, working in co-operation with the main contractors, the system that we installed was:

  • a 3 Sector Passive MultiOperator DAS
  • designed to the latest Joint Operator Specifications
  • fully GSM900-, GSM1800-, LTE1800-, UMTS2100-, UMTS900 and LTE800-compatible

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 ten floors

Technical summary

Vilicom’s DAS solution comprised a three-sector passive multi-operator Distributed Antenna System (DAS) featuring:

  • 114 antennae
  • over 2,650m of coaxial cable
  • 100+ couplers
  • three-sector 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.