Mobile network 3 plans 15 metre mast for 5G roll-out in Anchorage Park

THE telecoms firm responsible for managing the 3 mobile network in the UK has submitted plans to erect a new 15m mast in Anchorage Park as it seeks to continue the roll-out of 5G in the city.
The verge in Sywell Crescent is site for the proposed mast.The verge in Sywell Crescent is site for the proposed mast.
The verge in Sywell Crescent is site for the proposed mast.

CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd has applied to Portsmouth City Council to install equipment on the verge off Sywell Crescent, describing it as 'the best available compromise' for filling a ‘coverage hole’ in its network.

'The very nature of installing new 5G mast infrastructure within such an urban setting requires a highly considered balance between the need to extend practical coverage reach with that of increasing risk of visual amenity intrusion,' it said in a statement submitted with its application.

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'In this location, existing mast sites are not capable of supporting additional equipment compliment to extend coverage reach across the target area and prospective in-fill mast sites are extremely limited.

'There is an acute need for a new base station to provide effective service coverage and, in this case, the height of the proposed street pole is the minimum required to bring the benefits of 5G to this area.'

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Alongside the mast, the company has also applied to install equipment cabinets alongside it to support its operation.

The council has set itself a deadline of Boxing Day for reaching a decision on whether to approve the application.

Earlier this year the government announced plans to make it easier to create 5G masts inside Street lights, bus shelters, and traffic lights to help boost mobile coverage.